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Webber: We must work fast and clever on KERS

The Australian is yet to run the system successfully this year, while his team-mate has also struggled with KERS reliability issues.
Mark Webber is depending on Red Bull to solve its KERS issues ahead of the European leg of the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship having struggled to make it work during the opening three rounds of the season.

Though Red Bull has shown impressive single lap pace, particularly in the hands of Australian Grand Prix and Malaysian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel, the team is yet to get its head around the KERS system.

Putting it at a potential disadvantage to its direct rivals, the benefits of KERS were highlighted by Lewis Hamilton's charge to victory in China last weekend. Indeed, so far this year, Vettel has only run a part-time system in the races, while Webber hasn't run it at all.

"McLaren have a huge amount of experience with Mercedes from 2009 and they're doing a good job of it, and that's not an excuse," Webber said in his column for the Herald Sun newspaper.

"It means that we have to work harder, we have to work as cleverly as we can and as fast as we can. Fortunately, we now have a bit of a break, so it will be a clear focus for us in terms of durability and consistency and also understanding the system.

"We have awesome guys on the case. With the limited experience we have, that's the way it is and we're still going okay in the constructors' championship, so let's regroup, get to (the next race in) Turkey and work hard on it."

Though it hasn't significantly affected their results overall, Webber says it is becoming a frustrating and time consuming issue that is busying the team nearly every race weekend.

"It's not only a performance thing but it's also incredibly disrupting in the garage. My car was rebuilt about four times this weekend," he added.

"It makes it so much harder for them in terms of making mistakes, when you open a car up and put it back together all the time, it's not easy."

Despite the problems, Vettel's two wins and a second place have given him a comfortable 21 point advantage in the overall standings. Webber is fourth, 31 points adrift having lessened the damage of his 18th place starting position in China with a superb drive to third.




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richard

April 23, 2011 8:23 AM
Last Edited 1093 days ago

newbie, your sense of humour is slipping! of course webber is number 2 this year, after all that is the number on the side of the car! had he won the wdc last year, he would have had number 1 on the side! leaving that aside, despite the biased comments here, webber gets the same equipment as vettel. if he felt otherwise, do you think that he would have re-signed for this year, or do you believe that he was desperate?



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