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Webber happy despite conditions

23 February 2013

Mark Webber said he was pleased with the progress made by Red Bull during the second F1 test of the winter in Barcelona, despite the poor conditions that affected the final day of running at Catalunya.

Webber was eighth fastest on Friday as teams carried out their first wet running with the 2013-spec Pirelli tyres to conclude another solid week on track for the defending champions.

While the new RB9 has yet to top the times this year, Webber said the team could be happy with its week work in Barcelona, and praised the mechanics who had worked hard to ensure the Milton Keynes-based team was able to complete its programme.

“It was cold out there today, I can't remember having a full test day this cold,” he said following Friday's running. “But actually it was reasonably consistent; the conditions were pretty stable all day, although not very representative of a grand prix weekend. So, unusual conditions but I was happy with what we got done today. The mechanics were incredible in getting through everything. We got a lot of good stuff done today. The boys did a great job – the best I've seen them, I think, so all credit to them.

“We did a lot of housekeeping work today, whether it was pit stops or other race weekend elements and we did that really well – as a team,” he added. “We're back here next week and we'll do more of the same for sure: ongoing investigations into how the tyres work, learning more about those, checking how they perform in different temperatures, all of that kind of thing.

“That will be right at the top of the list but also we'll undoubtedly be doing some performance stuff, which you constantly need to keep putting on the car in order to stay close to the front.”


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