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Webber encouraged by Valencia performance

Mark Webber believes that he will be able to take the fight to Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel as the season wears on, but warns his rivals to expect no faltering from the Milton Keynes juggernaut now Valencia is out of the way.
Mark Webber has issued a stark warning to Red Bull Racing's F1 championship rivals - Valencia was probably the track where he and Sebastian Vettel expected to struggle most this year!

The Australian had failed to make the podium at the Spanish street circuit prior to finishing third on Sunday, and admitted that he had expected the pressure from McLaren and Ferrari to be greater across the weekend. Even with the ban on variable engine mapping that was brought into effect for the Valencia event, Vettel cruised to another race win - his sixth of the season - while Webber believes he could have completed a 1-2 had it not been for a tricky tyre decision and dodgy gearbox late on [see story here].

"I think this is probably our weakest track of the year, so we didn't do too badly today on a very weak track," Webber noted, taunting his rivals, "We have a different regulation from Silverstone onwards, and we expect that we can still be pretty competitive again. If we can keep Valencia as one of our weakest, definitely our top three weakest tracks, we didn't do too badly today, so we should go okay on the other ones."

Team-mate Vettel was a little more circumspect, pointing to the fluctuating gap between RBR and its rivals over the first eight races of the year, before suggesting that Silverstone, the venue for round nine, should be more favourable to the potent RB7.

"I think we have to wait, as every circuit is different," he insisted, "If you need an example, we went to Melbourne and there we were very quick, but we went to Malaysia and it's very tight. If you look at qualifying in Melbourne, we were something like half a second clear. In Malaysia, it was two hundredths or maybe five hundredths, I don't remember. It was very close with McLaren, and that was two weeks later and with no upgrades, so things change quickly just because of the nature of the track.

"We really have to go step-by-step. Every race is different, every track has its own characteristics. Historically, we prefer tracks with high speed corners, so Silverstone coming up should be a good one for us.

"Yes, the rules change slightly, but I think we've said many times that it's the same for everyone - if we are not allowed to do that any more, it's the [same for the] others as well. I said yesterday there was a lot of talk before this race, and already the talk starts now for the next race. We will see what happens."

Vettel, with six wins so far this year, is the dominant force in F1 at the moment, with only McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button having also reached the top step of the podium, but Webber believes that he is not far off beating his team-mate after slowly getting to grips with the 2011 Red Bull machine.

"I think we saw today that it was the closest I have been for a while," he claimed, "In qualifying in Canada, it was very close between us with the KERS situation, but racing is when it counts. I think I am getting better - today's race proved that up until the last 15 per cent, where it didn't quite go our way. That's the way it goes, it is a fine line racing against these guys.




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Nanbawan - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 11:23 PM

Waiting to see how the blown exhaust clampdown will affect them in the future, it's fair to think that only Monza will be their real nemesis. And that's if it's a dry race. In a way, you can easily give one race if your car is the best on the 18 other courses...So much for only focusing on top end speed and power like certain journalists and fans tend to do...



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