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Posted on August 21, 2009
Webber says Red Bull ‘not at normal level’ | James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1

The Red Bull team has a lot of work to do if it is to challenge for the win here this weekend, according to Mark Webber.
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The Aussie who lies second in the world championship, 18.5 points behind Jenson Button, says that the team expected Valencia to suit their car less well than other tracks coming up, like Spa, but nevertheless he is concerned by the difference in lap times with the Brawns in particular,

“We’ve got a bit of work to do tonight,” he said. “We are not at our normal level at the moment. Seems to be [that the track suits Brawn more] but we’ve got a few days to go. The car doesn’t feel too bad, it’s just the lap times. Normally we are doing it to other people, today they are doing it to us.

“We have been strong in the last six races, the team has had very good momentum. We knew that this wasn’t going to be one of our better venues but we expected to be better than we were today.”

It looks as though Webber has a couple of tenths in hand over his team mate Sebastian Vettel here so far. In Budapest the Red Bull team didn’t get the set-up quite right and suffered in the race as a result.

But as always it’s hard to be certain how things will play out as the Brawns were looking quite good on Friday in Budapest and faded badly on Saturday and Sunday.

Webber says Red Bull ‘not at normal level’
5 Responses

  1.   1. Posted By: Robert
        Date: August 21st, 2009 @ 5:39 pm 

    James,

    I do not understand your comment, “It looks as though Webber has a couple of tenths in hand over his team mate Sebastian Vettel here so far.”

    Vettel was a tenth or two up on Webber in both sessions. Are you looking at something different than the practice results?

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    Scott Reply:

    Robert, Mark was consistantly a little quicker than Seb over long runs which he mainly worked on yesterday. At the end of FP2 Mark stayed out and worked on his program whereas Seb came in for new boots and went out for a bit of a squirt. Lets hope they were both running plenty of fuel. Fiday practice can be a little frustrating at times.

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  2.   2. Posted By: Friday August 21st 2009 « The F1 Rundown
        Date: August 21st, 2009 @ 5:40 pm 

    [...] Webber says Red Bull below par at this stage- They have had a couple of great races since Silverstone, but they still lag in the championship. They cant afford to lag behind the brawns anywhere, especially where they will be strong given the higher temperatures. Vettel might have been unlucky not to finish in Hungary, but Its only Friday so don’t write them off just yet, as there is plenty of time before the points and prizes are handed out [...]


  3.   3. Posted By: Peter J
        Date: August 21st, 2009 @ 5:53 pm 

    The Brawns weren’t looking this strong on Sunday at Hungary. This could be a crucial race for the title. If the Brawns beat the Red Bulls, it might mean that Webber and Vettel have to much to do, even though there car might be faster at Spa, Monza and the other remaining tracks.

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  4.   4. Posted By: links for 2009-08-21 « vee8 - Formula 1 and motorsport news roundups and opinion
        Date: August 21st, 2009 @ 6:08 pm 

    [...] Webber says Red Bull ‘not at normal level’ – James Allen on F1 “We’ve got a bit of work to do tonight. We are not at our normal level at the moment. Seems to be [that the track suits Brawn more] but we’ve got a few days to go. The car doesn’t feel too bad, it’s just the lap times. Normally we are doing it to other people, today they are doing it to us. [...]

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