Webber expecting Red Bull to remain quick
25 October 2012 – Fully aware that technical problems could still strike at any time, Mark Webber believes Red Bull will be as quick in India as they were in Singapore, Japan and Korea. Since the night race, where several upgrades were added to the car, Sebastian Vettel has been unbeatable and now tops the drivers’ standings.
“The three races in Asia have been good for Red Bull,” Webber writes in a column for BBC Sport. “No-one's getting carried away but we are starting to find some form at the right point of the championship. We put some performance on the car in Singapore and that has started to unravel a few little paths for us, in terms of upping our confidence level with what the car needed.
“It has been an up-and-down year for everyone. Our race pace has generally been reasonably sound, but everyone's qualifying pace has been hit and miss - us included. It's not just addressing the absence of the blown diffuser at the back of the car. There are so many areas where you have to make small improvements and that's what the team have done. Seb has now won three races in a row and everyone seems to think he has the championship in his pocket; but think back to Valencia, where we were very strong and it looked like we were on our way again - and then we weren't.”
Adding that Korea was ‘a good confirmation’ that the Milton Keynes outfit are now heading ‘in the right direction’, Webber summed up:
“I won at Silverstone, but I beat Fernando Alonso because Ferrari didn't choose the right tyre strategy. So our performance at Suzuka showed again that we had improved the car on that type of circuit. Then we went to Korea, which is different again from Suzuka. The next race is in India and I don't believe the car will be slow there either.”
Webber sits fifth in the Drivers’ Championship and now just one point behind Lewis Hamilton, with the McLaren driver having struggled his way to tenth place at Yeongam.