Webber predicts close start to '13 season

Webber predicts close start to '13 season

3 March 2013 – Red Bull's Mark Webber is expecting an ultra-close start to the 2013 Formula 1 campaign, explaining that he has seen 'a lot of quick cars' throughout pre-season testing. The Australian, who has already completed his final day at the wheel before his home Grand Prix in Melbourne, is quietly optimistic about his team's position.

"Looking at the first race, I think it’s going to be a tight grand prix," Webber told media in the Barcelona paddock. "There are a lot of quick cars out there and hopefully we have one of them. However, Melbourne is a very particular race, with very specific demands, so we’ll treat it as one race, then go to Malaysia and see how things shake up there. The season moves fast and you have to prepare for every race."

Webber went on to explain that although he hopes to be fighting at the front of the field in Australia, there are a few small issues that Red Bull needs to iron out beforehand.

"In terms of the overall feeling, I think we’ve done well and we have made a step forward," the 36-year-old added. "It’s very difficult to see a real pecking order. We’ve always been focused on what we have to do and not really looked too hard at anyone else.

"The important thing now is to get out to Melbourne and get on with the racing. We have some work to do and we have a few things we need to iron out, but that’s the same for everybody."

Webber, entering his 12th season in Formula 1, has handed the RB9 chassis over to reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel for the final day at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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