Webber: Ferrari have momentum (Video)

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Mark Webber said he was content to score points at what had been a “weak weekend” for him in Singapore:

I’m very much focusing on what I’ve got to do. As I said before if it’s two guys, four guys, eight guys, you can’t control what happens at their side.

I believe the best way is to try to win. This was a very weak weekend for me in terms of pace but I managed to get something out of it which is very, very important to help the championship campaign on-track. I hope I can add some victories before the year’s out and that will obviously help a lot but non-finishes are what really hurt you. I’m looking to keep going forward and not looking over my shoulder.
Mark Webber

But he conceded his nearest championship rival Fernando Alonso has the momentum having won the last two races:

The momentum at the moment is with Ferrari because they’ve had a couple of victories on the bounce. But the points situation is still open. It’s nice that I’ve got a little bit of a buffer – not a big one – and that’s something I’d rather have than not.

I doubt whether the performances of the cars will change a huge amount in the next few races but I still think the Ferrari can be competitive in the next few Grands Prix and we will certainly be very competitive so we need to go there and get the maximum out of what we have.
Mark Webber

He said the team have improved the RB6’s standing starts after problems in recent races:

The starts have not been fantastic in the last few events but at Singapore both of got away pretty well. And it’s important – in the first sector of the race you get a reasonable chance.

It’s a testament to the team. They’ve done quite a bit of work in the last few weeks and that’s the strength of the team in realising a few weaknesses here and there. Red Bull have done that so hopefully we can continue in that vein and maybe go a step further and find some other improvements.
Mark Webber

He admitted he had concerns about pitting so early in the race but it came good has he rose from fifth to finish third.

I questioned it a little bit at the time because I wasn’t sure.

Sometimes when you pit quite early in the race you come out deep in the pack. I knew that I would have lost a lot of time to the guys ahead if I had to lose a lot of time in traffic, trying to penetrate and come back through.

In the end it turned out well. It’s very easy to struggle with overtaking- if it doesn’t work out then the strategy is very exposed. I managed to get myself in free air, to a point. I caught Rubens and his pace wasn’t too bad, he was still holding me up a bit quite a bit but it was enough for me to keep in contact with the two McLarens.
Mark Webber

But he had to cope with a vibration in the car after contact with Lewis Hamilton which he feared would end his race:

I was very concerned after I made the contact with Lewis because we know it’s very much rolling the dice – you can have some problems with these cars if you make contact.

I did have a very big vibration finishing the Grand Prix. We know why, we found what was wrong finishing the last part of the Grand Prix. But the car stayed together and we got the points we needed to get.
Mark Webber

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    22 comments on “Webber: Ferrari have momentum (Video)”

    1. Sounds like a man heading for the WDC!
      Keep up those solid finishes and maybe a win or two and you bag it Mark.

      1. is this an exclusive to f1 fanatic?

        1. i know, it is ITV but wouldnt be great to have that power

    2. Much like Jenson last year. Consistantly picking up the points despite some “below usual standard” qualifying and poor starts. Despite the coming together with Lewis in Singapore, I’m still backing Mark for the WDC.

      1. appart from Singapore, Hockenheim and Barhain, he had very good qualifings this year!

    3. Suzuka is his and so is the Championship.
      You can do it!

    4. If he keeps his lucky streak together not even Alonso will stop him. However he seems be making heavy weather of the last few races (Bernies had a word – ‘Don’t win it before Brazil’).

      He and Alonso have to be favourites by a margin at the moment, but we have seem it all change in the ‘blink of an eye’ already this season.

      Long may it continue.

      1. “If he keeps his lucky streak together” This year has been mad. Mark Webber and luck don’t usually go together unless it’s in a fight and then luck usally kicks the hell out of him. Just kidding :)

    5. PS Just like Bernie had a word with Jenson last year, it was easy in the end ;-)

    6. His desperate condition at the end of the race makes it all the more remarkable that Button, with much fresher tires, could do nothing to get under his wing and make him use that faulty tire. The McLaren’s really missed the mark on set up to go from being so quick in qualifying to chewing up their tires so fast in the race.

      1. Dont blame the set up how many times have you seen Jenson overtake the likes of Hamilton, Alonso and Webber. Never. Jenson is always playing it safe.

      2. Tyre “chewing” has been a problem McLaren have had the last few years , partly because the car design has been extremely aggressive , which has also had it’s benefits. If they could maintain performance without the tyre degradation problem , they would be completely unstoppable.

    7. i hope he becomes WDC so he retires in 2012 so we have some new “talent” in F1

    8. @Deurmat Em… sounds like a vettel fan boy to me. He is talented a true racer. Seems like your immaturity has blinded you from seeing what a great raver Mark Is.

      1. … what a great raver Mark Is.

        Haha! That’s an interesting image.

        1. They must be putting something special in that Canberra Milk…

        2. That is a candidate for comment of the day, LOLOLOL!!!

    9. * I mean’t racer.

    10. Mark was lucky his strategy worked out, though of course he helped himself with his driving. But silently I’m wondering if he’s a little annoyed, he might have had the pace to pass the McLarens and ride up to the back of Vettel and challenge him.

      1. no chance in hell, this was one of those weekends where Vettel was clearly the superior RB driver. I’m still backing Mark, but if Seb finds that ridiculous pace he had in the early part of the season again, he could easily leapfrog both Fred and Mark and take the WDC.

    11. How does “momentum” affect race results?

      1. If your rival has too much of it at the wrong time, he might punt you out of the race.

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