Webber calms the RB8 ‘hype’ ahead of season opener

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MARK Webber has moved quickly to play down the scale of the revisions rolled out on Red Bull’s RB8 on the penultimate day of testing at the weekend.

As revealed by Sky Sports’s new F1 channel on Friday night, the World Champions flew out a brand new chassis to Barcelona in time for Saturday morning which featured a number of key developments – headlined by a completely reworked exhaust layout.

And the first appearance of Webber in the car on the track caused something of a stir. But, after completing 70 laps in it during the course of the day, the Australian claimed it was not too dissimilar to the previous configuration he ran two days before.

“We had a pretty good run today and once again we learned a lot,” he said.

“However, I suppose the thing that everyone’s obviously asking about is the changes we made to the car but I have to say the car was not massively different to the one I drove on Thursday.

“We went through our normal programme, nothing drastic happened, and we just keep working away.”

The F1 season gets under way on March 18 in Melbourne in what is a home GP for the Aston Clinton-based Aussie.