Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing

Saturday 14 April 2012­


Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 7th, (3rd Practice – P5, 1:36.635)
“The Q2 lap wasn’t bad, but I didn’t get the Q3 lap together as I would have liked. It’s a bit all over the place with pulling a lap time together on the soft tyre, but I would have liked to have finished a row further up. The 1m35.7 in Q2 was a good lap, but I maybe tried to eek a bit too much out in Q3. It’s frustrating. We know we have a good race car, so it will be interesting to see how it unfolds tomorrow. It’s very close and we’ll keep pushing.”
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 11th, (3rd Practice – P9, 1:37.039)
“There was no problem with the car, but I couldn’t get the final few tenths. I was happy with the laps I did in Q2, but they weren’t quick enough and we couldn’t make it in to Q3. We have a long race ahead of us tomorrow and the car did feel good, so in terms of race pace we should do better tomorrow. We weren’t fast enough and we have to accept it. We start from P11 tomorrow and see what we can do from there.”  
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “An ultimately disappointing qualifying. Having looked quick and competitive on the hard tyre, it was a shame for Sebastian to miss Q3 by a very small margin. Mark topped the times in Q2, but then unfortunately he couldn’t repeat that lap in Q3, so we are P6 and P11 on the grid tomorrow, after Lewis’ penalty. It wasn’t our expectation, but the top ten has quite a different shape to it here, so it should make an interesting race.”
(Renault) CYRIL DUMONT: “Of course disappointing today, we saw that in Q2 it was pretty tight, we had eleven cars separated by three tenths. Unfortunately we were eleventh with Sebastian, who missed out on Q3 by only about 500ths I guess , so it’s disappointing. I also think it’s a disappointing for Mark, as he couldn’t repeat his Q2 lap in Q3. So, Mark will start in P6 with Hamilton’s penalty. We have the two Mercedes in front of us, which don’t always have the best race pace, so we can still have a good race tomorrow, as we normally have good race pace.”
PEOPLE TALK: A Formula One team is all about the people, but away from the racing what makes our team members tick? This race, we speak to Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey
What’s the best way to spend a day off?
Pre-season and the start of the season have been busy, so relaxing at home has been the current favourite. But generally, it’s a bit of tennis, very occasionally water-skiing or, if it’s a nice day, a drive with a stop at a pub for lunch.
Name one thing, aside from what you do, that you’re good at?
Not tennis! Actually, I’m a decent artist. A friend runs a charity called Face Britain, which involves people doing self-portraits. So, for the first time in ages, I’ve picked up some paint brushes and I really enjoyed doing that. If I had more time I’d love to do more, but time is the huge issue. I get really little time to indulge my hobbies.
Do you collect anything?
Not really. I enjoy getting paintings for the house if I spot something, or antique furniture, but I don’t go out of my way to get them.
If you’re on a long-haul flight how do you get through it?
I like them because there’s no pressure to do anything. You so a bit of paperwork and then just indulge yourself, watching films.
What attributes do you need to be successful in motor racing?
Resilience because there will be a lot of knock backs that you have to pick yourself up from. Determination to get things done against the odds, a competitive spirit and, hopefully, a reasonable IQ.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
When I said I wanted to be an engineer, my father said: “Be a good one because it’s generally not a well-paid industry.” The other good piece of advice I received was during my first year at university. I was studying aeronautical engineering and found it hard. Because of the exam system I’d been through, my mathematics was quite poor. I almost quit because I couldn’t do it. I was offered a job at March engineering by a guy called Ian Reed, who said: “We’ll give you a job, but my advice would be: don’t accept it and get your degree, as you’ll be a much better engineer for it.” So I persisted and got through the degree course.