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Webber targets stronger grid slot

Mark Webber aims to qualify well and score big in China
Mark Webber says he is targeting a better qualifying performance to help his chances of success in the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.

The Australian currently sits fourth in the championship standings after two races, having finished fourth in both Australia and Malaysia.

However, Webber has yet to qualify on the front row of the grid this season, with a best of fourth in Malaysia and the Australian said he was eager to qualify better to improve his chances on race day.

“Shanghai is a track that has been pretty good to me in the past,” he said. 'I'm yet to notch up my first victory, but I've had some memorable podiums there, notably the extreme wet race in 2009 and my third place from 18th on the grid.

“I expect this year's race to be as exciting, but clearly I'm looking to start in a much better position. It's generally cool, so it's very different to Malaysia. It's going to be interesting to see how the long straight will affect people's strengths and weaknesses in terms of top speeds; the flow of the rest of the circuit is something that I really enjoy.”

Team-mate, and defending champion, Sebastian Vettel has fond memories or the Shanghai circuit having taken Red Bull's first victory at the venue back in 2009 and he will hope to bounce back from the disappointment of Malaysia, where he failed to score after a clash with Narain Karthikeyan.

“The track in China is unique due to its size,” he said. “The broad track leaves enough space for overtaking moves and there are very big run off areas – even the usually tight pit areas in Shanghai have a lot of space.

“I've had some good races there in the past, we got a great result in 2009 when we took the team's first win and in 2011, when we were second. Hopefully we can get a strong finish and some more points.”



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FreeJack - Unregistered

April 11, 2012 7:28 PM

Let's see it, Mark. That comeback from 18th to 3rd last year in Shanghai was awesome, but I would rather see you get a quality start and run from the front to begin with.



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