Webber bounces back from Suzuka shunt as Red Bull dominate Korea practice

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Aston Clinton F1 racer Mark Webber bounced back from his disappointment at the Suzuka GP in Japan with some expert driving alongside teammate Seb Vettel as Red Bull came out on top in Friday practice.

Speaking ahead of the Korean GP, Webber said he had consigned last week’s collision with Romain Grosjean to history.

In a pre-race press conference Grosjean said: “Mark came to see me (after the race in Suzuka) and I completely understand that he was unhappy. The only thing I could say was to apologise and that’s what I did. I’m clearly conscious of the risk at the start, I’m working on changing on quite a lot of things but work doesn’t come from one day to the other one.

“There is a process going on. I said I was very sorry. I’m not stupid and I’m conscious of the risk. And hopefully by now it will be a different and I will not make the mistake of focusing on the wrong targets.”

Asked if he was happy with Grosjean’s apology and explanation, Webber said: “Yeah, absolutely. I went to see Romain, we had a discussion about it and that was that. So, yes.”

The straight-talking Aussie went on to assess his season since winning the British GP at Silverstone amd admitted it had not gone as planned for a number of reasons.

“We’ve had a few ropey runs of late. Lost of different reasons: a few on my side – not driving well enough – a few on some dodgy strategies, and last weekend was out of my hands. In that case, all of a sudden, three or four or five races with definitely not the points you want.

“I’m really looking forward to this race. In terms of atmosphere it’s not off the charts, we know that, but in terms of the race track, it’s not a bad little circuit to drive on so I think the car will go well here.”

Qualifying takes place on Saturday.