Webber yearning for Monza improvement
31 August 2013 – Mark Webber is keen to put an end to his lack of success at Monza next weekend, the Red Bull driver having recorded points just three times from 11 previous attempts.
The Australian, who is departing the sport at the end of the year to contest the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Porsche, has failed to finish the Italian Grand Prix in a position higher than sixth, a result he achieved during the 2010 season.
Heading to the event for a 12th and final time, he is hopeful of ending on a high note.
"Monza has never been that kind to me; it's a bit like Melbourne in that respect," explained Webber, who turned 37 on Tuesday. "I've had a few retirements and have never finished on the podium there, which is a bit frustrating. I need to get a result this year!"
He added: "Monza is not as hard on the brakes as Montreal, but you still need a car that stops well, rides the kerbs and has a big engine. Strategy's pretty straightforward because it's not the hardest circuit on tyres, although this year's new Pirellis might give us more to think about than was the case last year."
Webber holds fifth in the championship standings ahead of the Italian Grand Prix weekend, a total of 82 points behind team-mate and current leader Sebastian Vettel.