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Mark Webber Q&A: I would have loved to be on pole 27 Mar 2010

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 26 March 2010 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 27 March 2010 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 27 March 2010 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing with the media.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 27 March 2010 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 26 March 2010

His Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel eventually ended qualifying on top, but Mark Webber came very close to securing pole position at his home race on Saturday. And with rain on the cards, and the Australian Grand Prix’s reputation for unusual results, Webber remains confident he could still emerge as the winning driver…

Q: Mark, how happy are with your P2 on the grid? It’s your home race so you’d probably prefer to be on pole position…
Mark Webber:
For sure I would have loved it the other way around but in the end it was very, very tight. Second is the next best thing to pole and it could have been a lot worse for me.

Q: How much can you do from second position?
MW:
Well, I hope a lot. As I just said it’s the second-best place to start the race. But it’s going to be a long race and I predict it will be very interesting from a safety car point of view. I hope it is an interesting race for the fans, but not too much for the drivers, as this track is quite challenging.

Q: So talk us through qualifying. It looked quite stressful for a lot of people…
MW:
It wasn’t too stressful. It was just a good fight, as a good qualifying should be. I wasn’t much concerned about the weather as it would be the same for everyone. And in the end I think the gap between Sebastian and myself was eight hundredths so it was a very tight fight.

Q: How strange was it to fight with your team mate, knowing that you both have the best cars out there?
MW:
Well, you don’t really focus on him during the session - you are totally busy with trying to get the best out of the car. We have the luxury of seeing each other’s telemetry, so we can see where we are gaining and losing against each other. I think that helps the team a lot and it helps us to find more lap time in the car.

Q: What do you expect to happen at the first corner?
MW:
I have been in this situation before and we know what we need to do. It’s a long race so don’t let’s get over motivated in the first corner. We’ve already pushed each other very hard in qualifying, so I would say that the team have the luxury of having two guys getting the maximum out of the car. Obviously we are representing Red Bull and we’ve done a pretty good job so far, so we will continue to do that.

Q: The race tomorrow will start quite late and a lot of people in the paddock fear that if it rains the visibility will be quite poor. Do you share those fears?
MW:
At this place it’s pretty hard to predict the weather, so let’s see how dark it really is. As far as I know, there are no lights being put up, so I’m sure we will get around. All the drivers are unanimous about it, but the show will go on. In fact this track is somewhat prone to producing random results. Remember two years ago when we had only seven cars finishing? But this year I don’t want to be part of a random result. I want a nice dry race and to have a good result. I was talking to Fernando (Alonso) and he also agreed that when it starts to get drizzly it’s hard to see where it is dry and where it isn’t. A dry race would be my preferred scenario.

Q: So will it be a two-horse race? You against team mate Sebastian Vettel?
MW:
Fernando will be very fast tomorrow and is someone to consider too.