Webber staying realistic from seventh on grid
22 September 2012 – Red Bull was expected to be at or near the front for the Singapore Grand Prix, returning to a high-downforce circuit after struggling on the straights of Spa and Monza. Qualifying turned out to be a tricky affair, with Sebastian Vettel third and Mark Webber only seventh.
“We expected to be higher than that,” the Australian said bluntly. “It was a tricky session and on every run the car felt a bit different. We didn’t have the rear grip that we had in the other sessions; normally the super soft tyres give us a certain balance, but it was difficult to chase it in that session.
“It’s disappointing to be seventh, but it’s a long race and we have a chance to get something from it.”
Webber heads into Sunday’s race fifth in the Drivers’ Championship and 47 points behind leader Fernando Alonso. Three years ago, the Queanbeyan man’s title hopes ended in Marina Bay as he suffered a brake failure at Sheares Corner, Turn 1.