Mark Webber Q&A

Mark Webber burst onto the Grand Prix scene last year, scoring points in his first race driving for the Minardi team. Although he spent most of the year near the back of the grid, he impressed enough to attract the attention of Jaguar Racing. Alongside rookie team-mate Antonio Pizzonia, the Australian will be hoping for a step forward in performance from the famed British marque this season

Mark Webber Q&A



I hope so. The feeling at the factory now is very good. We've got a lot of new people in new stations and I think it's going to work very, very well. Eddie had some strong results at the end of the year, and we've got to build up from those. The car still had some weaknesses at some circuits, and we want to address those for this season. I'm really looking forward to the challenge.



It would be good to see Paul [Stoddart, Minardi boss] do very well. He had it so hard last year, and he's still going to have a hard time this year as well. The Cosworth is very, very strong. They're very clever guys at Northhampton.



You've hit it on the head. Looking forward is what it's all about now. The history is just that - it's behind us. We have to think of the positives of what's happened and what we can do for the future. We've got some new people, so we have to work on getting the trust and the communication built up. But that's something that doesn't happen overnight.



I think it's a good thing to have a driver having to go out there and do just one lap. It's really going to change the reference of how you approach and prepare for the weekend in terms of engineering the car. Friday is more important now because you have to get your slot for Saturday qualifying. Obviously, you don't have four runs in qualifying now, so you can't rest on your first three runs to get more confidence. There's no question that the fans are going to see some days where some boys are going to get it wrong. The stakes are very high, we've got to go out there and deliver the goods in about 80-90 seconds. It's a huge amount of pressure but a good challenge.

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We want to make a clear step forward from last year, and I think the ingredients are there for that to happen. Reliability in any game is important so it would be great to have a reliable package, although everybody would like to say that at this time of year. If we can find reliability that's half the battle, because once that's in place you can start working on the performance of the car. I've got my own little goals, but until everybody has run their new cars it's difficult for us to say how achievable they're going to be.



Your first season in F1 is a very, very busy year. There are a lot of things that, once you've gone through them and come out the other side, you say 'maybe I would have done this a bit differently.' But for me it wasn't what happened on track, it was things like, for example, getting to Japan a week before the race. Was that a good idea for me? I don't particularly enjoy hanging out there too long, so next year I want to get there later. So you learn little tweaks for yourself. Obviously, Antonio will want to be in Brazil pretty early. It's little things like that that you learn as the season goes on. It's all about how you go about your job.

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