Webber describes Singapore turning point
30 November 2012 – Mark Webber has pinpointed the Singapore Grand Prix as the turning point in Red Bull's 2012 title fight, with the Australian explaining that Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey transformed 'an already good car into a great one' for the final seven races of the season. During this phase, team-mate Sebastian Vettel won four times in a row.
"The decisive moment in the championship fight between Seb and Fernando (Alonso) was the update Red Bull brought to the car for the final part of the season, starting in Singapore and with a series of improvements after that through Japan and Korea," Webber said in his latest column for BBC Sport.
"Our Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey did a great job in turning an already good car into a great one at that point. The changes were subtle but they opened up a new window for the car in terms of performance."
Webber added that Red Bull still has 'room for improvement' in 2013, with the outfit suffering a selection of technical gremlins throughout the campaign gone by.
"We were resolute in trying to get to the bottom of the problems we had with the car at the start of the year," he added, with alternator issues causing the biggest concern. "We've not sorted all of them yet, which is encouraging as far as next year goes. We know there is still a lot of room for improvement with the new car, the RB9."