Webber bullish on British GP chances
|By Simon Strang and Pablo Elizalde||Friday, June 19th 2009, 09:44 GMT|
Mark Webber is bullish on his Red Bull team's chances of fighting for victory at the British Grand Prix this weekend.
"I think our chances are very good," Webber told reporters at Silverstone.
"We are coming off the back of a strong result in Turkey and the biggest most disappointing thing there was the gap to Jenson.
"It was our biggest gap to him all year. I don't think he drove his fastest in Monaco but at other events, like Barcelona, I think we have been closer.
"Brawn were very strong in in Turkey and we hope that is not going to be the case here again, but wishing doesn't get you anywhere and we need to go and do it fair and square in the dry. That's what we are going to try and do," he added.
Brawn's Jenson Button has dominated the first part of the season, scoring six wins in seven races to go into his home race with a clear advantage over his rivals.
Red Bull, however, is introducing several updates to its car this weekend in order to try to close the gap to Brawn.
Despite not having tested the upgrades before today's practice, Webber believes it will not be a problem to adapt to them.
"With the new regulation change obviously we have had a lot of developments coming into the car from Melbourne onwards," he added. "Every team in the pitlane is the same. The team would never put anything on the car that they think would be quite difficult for the drivers to feel or have any understanding of.
"They know what Sebastian (Vettel) and I like and we are very fortunate to be able to develop the car in that fashion, and it's much easier for the designers to push that way.
"So basically I will do the first running like I would my last few laps in Turkey. Of course it is a different track, and it will be green, so you have to get used to a few things, but it is not about getting used to the car."
Webber believes Red Bull will again face a challenge when choosing his and team-mate Sebastian Vettel's strategy for the race, with the pair having proved very equally matched in the past grands prix.
"We've had a few close races. It's a fantastic problem for the team to have, because we are getting the most out of the car," he said. "Sebastian has been a little unlucky in a few races where it hasn't quite fallen his way. I've had clean races and clean strategies and it has gone my way.
"But you can't plan for just normal grands prix on strategy because sometimes something does happen. You have to plan to get both cars to the finish as the most efficient way as possible and that's the way we always do it as a team, going into Q3 and picking the right fuel loads to make sure the cars are in with the best chance of getting the best result.
"Obviously Sebastian has run short on quite a few occasions, but that's fine because I'm not that much longer than him. That's the way we've done the races.
"It's really that you can't stop on the same lap so you have to have one that is running longer. Also that goes for the second pitstop as well. If you had three cars you'd have more or a problem, we have two so we try and do the best job possible to split the race as best we can. There will be cases where we are close together on the track."