Red Bull lamenting changeable weather
16 March 2012 – Red Bull hoped for an all-dry start to the Australian Grand Prix weekend, having installed several exhaust updates for Friday practice. As a result, the car sounded somewhat different to those of other teams, as Mark Webber and World Champion Sebastian Vettel elected not to risk pushing for quick times on a mostly greasy circuit.
“I think with the conditions it’s difficult to get a lot of running, but it was the same for all of us,” said Vettel, whose finished tenth and one spot ahead of his team-mate.
“The little time we had in the car this afternoon was okay, but now we have to find the balance and learn a bit more about the car. The important thing now is to make a step overnight and go from there. Track time is important when the car is still young.”
Webber was quick to echo the German’s sentiments.
“We did learn a little today, but after nine weeks of anxious waiting, it was a shame with the weather,” said the Queanbeyan man, one of two Australians in the field. “Mother Nature played a big role and it made it quite challenging for everyone.
“We got some dry running at the end of each session, which was good. The track was drying out reasonably quickly, but there were still a few sections at the end that were damp. In the end we got what we could out of it, but we still have some work to do. It was compromised running for everyone; I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”