Mark Webber has predicted that his luck will turn in 2012 as the Australian looks to bounce back from a tough F1 campaign this year.
Webber failed to win a race until the season finale in Brazil having been overshadowed by Red Bull Racing team-mate Sebastian Vettel – who stormed to the title for the second year in a row and won no fewer than eleven times.
Having finished 2011 in third place in the standings, Webber will now aim to challenge Vettel for the title next year and the Australian insisted that things would be very different as he looked to take the fight to the German.
"The next most important race is Melbourne and next year will be different to this year, because that's just the way I'm sure things will go," he told Reuters
. "I'm very, very optimistic and positive that I'll have a very, very strong season and that's what I'm going to look forward to. I'm still driving very, very well.
"It's an extremely fine line before you start to unlock a few other things that can make your season go from good, which was this year, to great, and that's what I need to be able to try and do."
While he only won the once in 2011, Webber insisted he had shown he was more than capable of still fighting for victories in earlier races this season even if luck wasn't on his side.
"I think that (the victory) was brewing off the back of a few events where, on the surface it might not have looked that I might have been challenging, but there were certain things coming that I was getting more confident about," he said. "Yes, Seb had to manage an issue but irrespective of that, you still need to pounce and capitalise on other people's misfortunes. That's motor sport at the end of the day.
"It's good to have our feet up a little bit, it's a long, long season as we all know. But to be honest I probably wouldn't have it any other way.
"I still absolutely love my racing and I'm really looking forward to, it's 100 days apparently before we get back to Melbourne, so looking forward to getting back in the car and racing."