Mark Webber says he is keen to get 'back into the groove' during final practice and qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix
after a mixed start to the weekend during Thursday practice.
The Red Bull
driver was forced to sit out most of FP1 without having set a time after a gearbox problem saw him sidelined in the pits.
With the team having fixed the problem, Webber was able to hit the track for FP2 and ended the day eighth fastest, with the Australian keen to get back on form when the cars return to the track on Saturday.
“I had a gear selection issue this morning, which meant I lost some lap time, otherwise it wasn't too bad. This afternoon was always going to be the case where you're going out a little bit behind, but we still got a lot of good information.
“It's easy to get out there and try and get to where you should be and make mistakes, but we got the information and have a lot to go through. We should be alright by Saturday. We will get back into the groove on Saturday and recover the weekend.”
Technical director Adrian Newey explained the cause of the problem but said he was hopeful it wouldn't be a setback for the remainder of the week.
”It was a cut wiring loom, a gearbox wiring loom, which meant he lost one of the potentiometers on the gearbox barrel,” he said. “I am sure it's a pain. The question is whether that will have any effect on his qualifying, come, hopefully, Q3.”
Webber won the Monaco Grand Prix