Mark Webber says he is determined to start the 2012 season on a high, as he jets off to Barcelona for pre-season testing.
The Red Bull driver, who lives in Aston Clinton, is aiming to bag his first Drivers’ World Championship in 2012 – after a disappointing 2011 campaign where he finished in third place.
“I’m looking to win my first championship this year, there is no reason why I can’t,” announces the highly motivated Aussie driver.
Webber moved to the Coppice in Aylesbury in 1996 before heading to Mursley and then Aston Clinton. He chose to live in the Vale because of its close proximity to the Chilterns, where he does lots of cycling.
At the moment, the 35 year old is training every day for the new season, undertaking a mixture of mountain biking, swimming and running.
“It’s quite hectic at the moment, there is lots of travel, fitness, testing and media work. It’s good to finally get in the car to get some peace and quiet,” he jokes.
The season may not have started, but the pressure is already piling on Webber from his double world-champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
This week the young German set the fastest time in his first pre-season testing session in Spain. Vettel is testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Webber gets his chance in the car on Thursday and Friday. Early indications show that Red Bull is likely to be the team to beat again in 2012.
“There are a few regulation changes, but not too many,” says Webber – who is expecting to get up to speed very quickly in the new RB8.
Webber jets off for the season opening Australian Grand Prix early next month.