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Mark Webber pleased with practice pace

Apr 12, 2013, 2:45 PM EST

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Mark Webber is pleased with his pace in today’s Friday practice sessions, despite not topping the timesheets in either FP1 or FP2.

“It was good today and we achieved a lot of mileage,” Webber explained in a Red Bull team statement. “There are obviously some pretty quick cars out there – we saw that in Malaysia before it rained in qualifying.”

Webber spoke about the importance of getting to grips with the Pirelli tires, which have proven particularly troublesome this weekend due to the high wear rate.

“We’re getting a lot of information, but we’re still in this early phase of learning about the tires. I think that we have a bit of work to do, but the car doesn’t feel too bad, we just have to keep working on understanding the tires.”

The Australian driver was also pleased to not have his running interrupted by adverse weather conditions. Relying there is no rain, this will be the first dry race weekend of the season.

“It’s nice to have a stable weekend in terms of weather, which is unusual in Shanghai.”

Webber finished third in FP1 and fifth in FP2 today, which suggests that he will vying for the win on Sunday relying he can keep up with Mercedes and Ferrari, who appear to have the edge in China. The Australian will also be pleased to have beaten his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, who finished in fourth and tenth.

  1. chaparral2f - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    I wonder if this weekend will be a big deal or a letdown. I thought that there might be some fireworks between Tony Stewart and Joey Logano at California, but it was a big nothing. I have a feeling that both Webber and Seb will just go out and do their best and be professionals about the business at hand.

    • apexassassin - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Yeah I agree, though we’re overdue for a major incident. And with Checo unable to keep it on the track, perhaps it will be him and not Grosjean/Maldonado. Doubt there’ll be fireworks at Red Bull though.

      Plus if anyone goes offline their tyres will be useless for several turns.

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