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Webber predicting a tight start to 2013 season

Mar 3, 2013, 4:30 AM EDT

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Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber is predicting a tight Australian Grand Prix when the Formula One season kicks off in Melbourne in two weeks time.

“Looking at the first race, I think it’s going to be a tight grand prix. There are a lot of quick cars out there and hopefully we have one of them.

“However, Melbourne is a very particular race, with very specific demands, so we’ll treat it as one race, then go to Malaysia and see how things shake up there.”

Despite a mediocre final session in Barcelona yesterday that saw him finish in seventh place, over two seconds behind quickest man Lewis Hamilton, Webber was pleased with his pre-season performance.

“I think we’ve done well and we have made a step forward. As I’ve said before it’s very difficult to see a real pecking order. We’ve just always been focused on what we have to do and not really looked too hard at anyone else.

“The important thing now is just to get out to Melbourne and get on with the racing.”

With just one year left on his contract, 2013 is an important season for Mark Webber. He will be keen on proving that he can match triple champion teammate Sebastian Vettel, but if the rivalry within Red Bull becomes too intense, it would most probably be Webber who would be shown the door at the end of the season.

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