Webber eager to get season started after testing times

Mark Webber prepares to drive during testing''PICTURE: Red Bull Media
Mark Webber prepares to drive during testing''PICTURE: Red Bull Media
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Aston Clinton racer Mark Webber endured a stop start testing period in Barcelona and now the Aussie is chomping at the bit to put pedal to the metal.

With less than two weeks until the first grand prix in Australia, home hero Webber and his Red Bull team have been tipped to lead the early charge after some blistering pre-season times.

The final pre-season testing took place at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya but it was not all plain sailing for Red Bull who endured a slow last day after changes to the car.

“I would obviously have liked to get a few laps in today (Saturday), but that’s the way it goes sometimes in testing,” Webber said.

Before that, though, Webber had put in the previous day’s fastest lap just before the end of the session.

“In terms of the overall feeling at the end of my spell of testing, I think we’ve done well and we have made a step forward.

“As I’ve said before it’s very difficult to see a real pecking order. We’ve just always been focused on what we have to do and not really looked too hard at anyone else.

“The important thing now is just to get out to Melbourne and get on with the racing. We have some work to do, for sure, and we have a few things we need to iron out, but that’s the same for everybody.”

Looking ahead to the first race of the 2013 season, Webber predicts initial results may not give too much away in terms of who could be in the mix for silverware come the end of the season.

He said: “Looking at the first race, I think it’s going to be a tight grand prix.

“There are a lot of quick cars out there and hopefully we have one of them.

“However, Melbourne is a very particular race, with very specific demands, so we’ll treat it as one race, then go to Malaysia and see how things shake up there.

“The season moves fast and you have to prepare for every race.”