Webber: Another great team effort today
17 April, 2010
Apr.17 (YF1) Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber topped the timing screens in the last moments of qualifying before being usurped by his team mate, and will start the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit from the front row of the grid, albeit from second spot. Here are highlights of the post qualifying press conference.
Sebastian Vettel thanked the team but maybe he should be thanking you for steering him in the right direction after practice this morning.
Mark Webber: Yeah, in P3 this morning like Seb said he came a little bit my way on some of my settings and it was a good battle again between both of us. He has done a good job in Q3 again. It was definitely a very good lap from Seb. I am pretty happy with my lap, so it was again big credit to the team. We have locked out the front row again. We did that in Melbourne as well and we would have had a good chance in Malaysia if it wasn’t for the mixed session, so in the end very, very positive for the team and also the mechanics. There was stuff coming out on the plane last night which wasn’t easy because of a volcano exploding, so to get some stuff to my car today was impressive for all the guys. Another great team effort today and we have got an interesting grand prix, so I am looking forward to it. I wish we could go back out now, but bit of a sleep and we come back tomorrow.
What is your reaction to that quarter-of-a-second margin?
Webber: Well, it was a good lap from Seb. We pushed each other again throughout quali and he did a big lap at the end. I gave everything and it wasn’t enough. You’d like to be a bit further up but in the end we are in the position we deserve to be in. Seb stopped the sand hour glass quicker than I did. The stop watch doesn’t lie and that’s how it went today. But front row is still a good position to start tomorrow. It has been a pretty solid week for the guys getting everything ready for this race. Getting gear out here has been a challenge with some of the flights, problems in Europe, so a real credit to Milton Keynes. Renault are also still pushing like hell, all of us together, two drivers pushing each other. At the moment the team is operating very, very well and we have got to keep doing that. Tomorrow is a long race and looking forward to it. It is going to be a mixture. I will have more grey hair than you Bob at the end of the race, so it is going to be an interesting grand prix.
You mention the tyre difference yesterday and it may make no difference at all tomorrow. Is that still the case?
Webber: The tyres, I think from previous grands prix, have performed a little bit differently here. Not what we expected, but it was just another venue, we had to learn a little bit how they would operate. That was particularly the case yesterday in the first sessions and part of the second session. It turned out in the end it wasn’t a huge deal with the tyres. Tomorrow there is a chance that parts of the race might be dry, but we will see and in the end the tyres are performing pretty similar to other venues.
A surprise not see the McLarens closer?
Webber: Yeah. I would say so. If you look at the last year and a half or so, they love the publicity on Friday night but they’ve got a quick car. But they are always very, very fast on Fridays, really quick, and they are always generally quickest on Friday. Saturday, I thought they would definitely… OK, they’re not a million miles away but there’s a bit of a surprise that we beat Fernando and the two McLarens, but they had a bit of a tough qualifying by the looks of it, for whatever reason.