Webber: Improved consistency key to title bid
13 March 2013 – Mark Webber has pinpointed consistency as his main area for improvement throughout the 2013 Formula 1 campaign, with the Australian eager to avoid the challenging race weekends that hindered his chances of fighting for last year's title.
The Red Bull driver scored points in nine of the first ten races last year, including victories in Monaco and Great Britain, but despite heading into the second half of the season ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel, his title bid fell apart. As the new term approaches, the 36-year-old says he is determined to turn the situation around.
"Last year started very, very well and then towards the end, we had a couple of races where I didn't drive very well and we had more than our fair share of mechanical gremlins which didn't help," Webber told media at an Infiniti press conference in Melbourne. "But have I got what it takes to do that again? Absolutely. I am capable of doing it, no question about that.
"I just need to keep doing what I have been doing, with the exception being the end of last year. We need to keep the momentum and make sure we are doing enough winning to get the big points. But you also need to keep the consistency. You can't win each Grand Prix as that is impossible."
Webber went on to talk positively about Red Bull's position ahead of this weekend's season-opener at Albert Park, but refrained from making a year-long prediction.
"We have got a good car again, we believe," he added. "Whether it is enough to challenge for a championship remains to be seen, as there is no one this early who can predict how well their car is going to be going in the middle of the championship."
Webber came closest to securing Drivers' honours in 2010, when he lost out to Vettel by 14 points after leading the championship for a significant phase of the year.