Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing

Saturday 7 July 2012­

QUALIFYING     

Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P13, 1:33.398)

“I raced here in ’95 for first time so I’ve been round this track a few times. It was a tight session today with very mixed conditions. The cars are difficult to handle when it’s like that. In every session we went out the times were changing by up to five or six seconds per lap; there was a lot of standing water and aqua planning. I was happy I was competitive when it counted. You have to put it all on the line in Q3. Alonso put a lap together that was just that sniff better than mine, but I’m not standing here with any regrets about my lap. I’m happy with what I put on the table and front row was what we deserved.”

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 4th, (3rd Practice – P4, 1:32.420)

“It was a tough day. It’s raining again now and it will probably be the same weather again tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens. It’s going to be a long race. We are at the front which is good. It was difficult today and in the end we only got one lap when the conditions were at their best. I think I should have been a bit quicker, but that’s life. It was the right call to red flag the session, it’s a shame for everyone watching, but we cannot control the weather.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER: “Incredible conditions today. First of all, hats of to all the public who sat out for pretty much three hours in horrendous conditions. It was the right thing to stop qualifying in Q2, irrelevant of where we were placed, as it was just too dangerous with aquaplaning for these cars. Having navigated our cars into Q3, ultimately to qualify second and fourth is a really strong team result. Mark was so close to getting the pole, the rain just started to increase as he was completing his lap and he dropped a couple of tenths due to the rain, but nonetheless it was a great lap from him right at the end of Q3. Sebastian is right up there as well in P4. Hopefully it won’t be so wet tomorrow for the race.”

(Renault) CYRIL DUMONT: “A difficult session. I think in these conditions you always have more to lose than to gain and it’s always difficult to put a lap together. Mark did a pretty good job and almost got pole. Seb starts fourth and I think, with everything today, to start second and fourth is a good result. Tomorrow will be a long race – also if the forecast rain returns. Engine wise we have looked at engine usage following the alternator issue at the last race, so hopefully we won’t have any issues tomorrow.”

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PEOPLE TALK
A Formula One team is all about the people, but away from the racing what makes our team members tick? This race, Mark’s Race Engineer, Ciaron Pilbeam, explains why, for him, Silverstone is as much about motorbikes as it is cars. (Clue: It’s about the traffic)…

“I’ve always been into motorbikes. I got my first motorbike at the age of eight when my father bought one for me and my brother and I have ridden them on and off ever since. However, I really got back into it when my wife bought me a Direct Access motorcycle course and test as a wedding present. My house is about 25 minutes from the track, so it makes sense for me to ride here and I’ve done that for a long time now. I wouldn’t say it’s a Silverstone ritual. My reasons are a lot more practical: it’s simply the best way of getting in and out of the track, because of the traffic. However, since I started riding up, it has become more an enjoyment thing. I really enjoy riding up here early in the morning. There’s not much traffic around at that time and it blows the cobwebs away before starting work. My first bike after getting back into it was Honda CBR600, which was a sports bike and I followed that with an Aprilia RSV Mille, a big V-Twin sports bike. Now I have a Yamaha MT-01, which is more of a cruiser style bike. I opted for that because the sports bikes are so fast, I enjoy something a bit more comfortable and less full on. This one is quick enough for me and handles well, but it’s not ridiculously fast, which is good as there’s no pressure to ride like an idiot. It’s odd but Silverstone is the only race I ride to. A lot of people do Spa and Monza but haven’t done that, though I’d love to. Come to think of it, there is no real reason why I couldn’t do that; I guess it’s just the weather. The closest one is Spa and you’re almost certain to get wet, which I’m not a big fan of!”