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Webber: It felt quite similar

Mark Webber insists that the revised Red Bull RB8 wasn't hugely different from the car used earlier in pre-season testing
Mark Webber insisted that the revised Red Bull RB8 introduced on the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Spain didn't feel too different to the car he used on the opening day of the session on Thursday.

The car featured a series of upgrades as the defending champions pushed ahead with preparations for the opening round of the season in Australia.

The day was spent completing a series of short runs on track, and while mixed weather conditions during the afternoon meant Webber managed just 70 laps, he declared himself pleased with the amount the team was able to learn about the changes introduced.

“We had a pretty good run today and once again we learned a lot,” he said. “However, I suppose the thing that everyone's obviously asking about is the changes we made to the car but I have to say the car was not massively different to the one I drove on Thursday.

“We went through our normal programme, nothing drastic happened, and we just keep working away. It would have been nice to have a few more laps today but then again we didn't have a race simulation planned, so the rain didn't really hurt us.”

With Sebastian Vettel now taking over for the final day, Webber's focus turns to his home race of the year in Melbourne, where the Australian will hope to start his season on a high.

“For me the next stop now is Melbourne and I'm looking forward to that,” he added. “It's always good to drive out of the pitlane there. Racing's what we're all here for and while testing is good, it's nice to be on track all at the same time, all with the same window of opportunity to deliver – that's what we love doing. I'm looking forward to that weekend unfolding, and the rest of the races. It'll be good to get the season going.”




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Al Sim - Unregistered

March 03, 2012 10:06 PM

There is no doubt Newey is a brilliant designer yet last season he complained bitterly about other teams copying his ideas and only the year before he was one of the first to copy McClarens f duct when they realized it worked. Michael Schumacher won seven world titles in cars designed by someone other than Newey, what I am trying to say is, there are other designers in F1 as good and in some cases better than Newey.

Phil - Unregistered

March 04, 2012 12:59 AM

I'm fed up with all this grey rules since 2009 the ones pushing the rules to the greyest area has won the titles. First it was about the drivers and then it was about the cars and since 2009 it's about cheating without cheating. If this start to happen in 2012 I'm off F1 and instead I will be watching Indycar.



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