Mark Webber believes he will need to improve in qualifying this year if he is to stand any chance of beating his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel.
Webber took just three pole positions in 2011, while Vettel secured 15 - the most ever managed by a single driver in a season. Looking ahead to F1 2012, the Aussie added that if he addresses this and does better on Saturday during the top-ten shootout, it should help him during the races and allow him to come out top more often.
“Seb's clearly going to be performing at a good level again, and he's not going to be lifting off,” the Red Bull Racing number two told Australia's Channel 9
. “If Seb's dominating that pole position, it gives him a very strong position to tee the race up, so he needs to drop the consistency of that.
“If I can put myself in that front position and get to that first pit stop first, that makes things a lot easier within our own little battle.
“It still might not be enough to win the race as McLaren might be 30 seconds down the road, but in terms of racing amongst ourselves, we know how it works within the team.
“If that's good enough to be ahead of everyone else, then happy days,” Webber summed-up.