F1 »

Webber: Ferrari will be on the pace

Mark Webber insists Ferrari will be one of the teams to beat when the new F1 season kicks off
Mark Webber has said that he expects Ferrari will be on the pace when the F1 season gets underway, just days after Fernando Alonso tipped the Australian's Red Bull team as the one to beat going into 2011.

Ferrari has enjoyed a solid pre-season thus far, despite Alonso running into problems for the first time in Barcelona this weekend, with the Spaniard completing more running than anyone else during the three tests to have been carried out so far.

Ferrari has also turned more laps than anyone else as the third pre-season session draws towards a close and Webber admitted that the performance of the men from Maranello would make them major players from the opening race.

“Fernando works for them and he's pretty handy,” Webber told the BBC when asked who Red Bull's main rivals will be. “Ferrari finished the year very strong and they've come out of the gates very strong; the car is running, it's always out there, they aren't hanging around when they are out there, they're pretty quick and the team are always organised.”

By contrast to Ferrari, McLaren has endured a mixed start to life with the new MP4-26 and Webber admitted it was tough to tell how competitive the cars of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be.

“We're not sure what's going on with McLaren,” he said. “It's obviously early days with their car.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
19.02.2011- Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
19.02.2011- Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
19.02.2011- Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Firestorm - Unregistered

February 21, 2011 6:52 PM

Maybe I am becoming annoying,but I repeat what I said many times in recent days.Ferrari and Red Bull are the class of the field in the moment.And is normal.Red Bull is the reigning world champion and Ferrari is the team which is best organised.I am happy for McLaren which will have more time to react to his problems,despite being a fan of Ferrari.I want to see a better championship this year than last year.So lets have many competitive cars,not only two or three.I remeber Webber last year after the testings were near the end,which said that Red Bull was the best car and he had right.So if he is saying that Ferrari will impress I am very sure that he has right.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.