Webber: We can still get on the podium
17 March 2012 – A lack of KERS prevented Mark Webber from making significant progress at the end of Australian Grand Prix qualifying. However, the local favourite has still out-qualified double World Champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel for fifth on the starting grid.
Webber was the only front-runner to elect for just one flying lap at the end of Q3, allowing him to save a set of Slick tyres for Sunday’s race.
“We knew there were some quick guys out there - McLaren and Mercedes, especially, and Romain (Grosjean) did well too,” Webber commented. “Everyone always thinks we have special bits to keep coming back, but this year it’s opened right up.
“I didn’t have KERS at the end of the session, which affects your rhythm during qualifying – it’s a shame, as it’s been faultless all winter. I’m pleased with my lap in Q3. We can still get on the podium tomorrow but we have some fast cars around us, no question about it.”