Mark Webber has predicted that there will be more technical rows in the second half of the 2012 F1 season, not that he has any doubts Red Bull
won't pass any tests that are thrown at them.
Red Bull have been at the centre of a number of disputes this year, most noticeably in Germany over the engine mapping, something that saw the FIA
issue a clarification ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix in a bid to close the loophole and remove any ambiguity.
It has also emerged recently that the outfit might have had some sort of manually-adjustable ride height system in Canada, but Webber added that it seems only complaints about his team are picked up and made public.
“I think it's incredibly boring for most people,” Webber told Reuters
. “All we can do is keep passing every single test and we have. It's not a one-make series, you can design a car to the regulations and that's what we do.
“I know other teams have been asked to address things with their cars, but they [the FIA
directives] are not for general consumption. And some of ours do make the general consumption, which is just the way it's been.”
“Whether it's with the wings or whatever [though] - and there'll be something else I promise you that will pop up [during the remainder of the season] - we will always pass every single test,” he added. “Not one single team has protested us, because they know it's within the rules.”
Webber will go into the final nine races second in the drivers' championship, 40 points behind Fernando Alonso. But while many still question if Ferrari
have the quickest car, Webber said it is no longer a question of who has the best car as it is likely to continue to change from race-to-race.
“I don't know who's got the fastest car. There's always talk that it [the Ferrari] is not the fastest car, but you need the most consistent one. I don't think anyone's got the fastest car at the moment,” he continued.
“We did after Valencia and then Fernando had it at Silverstone
until six laps to go and then all of a sudden we had it again. And then McLaren
turned up for a few weeks. And Lotus. Kimi [Raikkonen] pushed Lewis [Hamilton] over the line in Budapest and before that we had Fernando winning with JB [Jenson Button] there and me in Silverstone. So it is up and down.”
Despite that though, Webber is feeling confident ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, which takes place at the start of next month following F1's summer break.
“We do know we can go to Spa [the next race] and have a chance, no question about it. But I don't think anyone will sail off into the distance,” he concluded. “Those days are numbered.”