Q&A with Red Bulls Mark Webber 20 Jun 2009
Mark Webber was the pacesetter for much of Saturdays qualifying session, before traffic on his final timed lap let team mate Sebastian Vettel and Brawns Rubens Barichello pass. The race should still give him a chance to make good though
Q: Mark, qualifying was a good team result with Sebastian Vettel on pole and you starting from P3 - but obviously you had more in mind. How satisfied are you?
Mark Webber: The team performance was great all weekend long - so congratulation to all the guys who made it happen! And you can bet that I was going out for pole today. But then Kimi (Raikkonen) got in my way. He was on the racing line and that wrecked my timed lap. So I will start from P3.
Q: The RB5 looked unrivaled today. You have been optimistic all weekend long that the new parts on the car would deliver. How big was the upgrade for this race?
MW: Well, we have a new nose and on top of the nose we have some small new bits on the car like a change to the engine cooling system and the result that we achieved today speaks for itself: the new parts delivered.
Q: How do you see the race unfolding tomorrow?
MW: If you look at Turkey the qualifying was also very tight, but then in the race the Brawns destroyed everyone. So you will find out the whole truth tomorrow afternoon. All I can say is that the car feels very competitive and that makes me pretty optimistic for a good result.
Q: Are you also looking over your shoulder at the Ferraris as well?
MW: We are not looking backwards, we are looking forwards to ourselves but we are never underestimating the others. At this level you never know who can come up and do a very good job. So far weve done a good job because we were focusing on ourselves and understand what we have to do to make the car quicker. And you can be sure that we are continuing to do so.
Q: What about the teams strategy tomorrow. In Turkey Christian Horner said that he believes the Brawns can only be beaten with three stops. Is this still the prevailing opinion?
MW: Maybe for that particular race in Turkey this had looked like the only chance. And there have been different reasons why we have tried to do that - to have one car on three and one on two stops - but in the end the result was the same that we would have got: second and third. In Turkey we could not beat Jenson (Button) on whatever stops we would have been - he simply was quicker. The only way to beat them is a fast car. We know that. Ross Brawn was amazing at strategy at Ferrari because the car was also very good. Ive never heard of strategy guys being fantastic at Minardi, because you never get good strategies when the car is not quick.
Q: Fridays second practice session did not look all that good. What happened?
MW: I was running out of talent. I went over the kerbs at Becketts which caused an electrical problem on the car. But we were able to analyze what happened, which was a good thing, so we had no problem for todays qualifying.