Webber hopes past Monaco form will ignite his season

Mark Webber in Monaco last year PHOTO: Red Bull Media/Getty Images
Mark Webber in Monaco last year PHOTO: Red Bull Media/Getty Images

Mark Webber knows he must start getting results and getting them fast if he is to steer through what has been a tempestuous and frustrating start to the 2013 season.

And what better place to do it than the world famous Monaco Grand Prix, where the Aston Clinton racer tasted sweet victory in 2012.

Webber is currently sixth in the drivers standings on 42 points – 47 off leader Seb Vettel, his Red Bull teammate and bitter rival.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s trip to Monaco, the most glamorous race on the calendar, Webber said it is ‘still the one to win’.

“I take a lot of pride in the success that I’ve had at the track over the years and my win in 2012 was certainly one of the toughest victories of my career,” Webber said.

“There were a few different strategies going on because the tyres were lasting longer than we expected and to complicate matters it started to rain at the end of the race. But I kept it on the island and took a very satisfying victory.

“Monaco is such a challenging venue that you’re not really racing other people; it’s you against the track.

“You get away with nothing, which means you’re more concerned with the circuit than the people around you.

“If it doesn’t rain, the grip level increases throughout the weekend as more rubber goes down.

“You have to get your head around that because it’s difficult to know how much harder you can push from one session to the next. It’s also a real momentum weekend; you need to be on a roll going into qualifying and that means exploring the limits in practice.

“There’s always a great atmosphere at this race. When you walk from the paddock to the pitlane everyone on the hill is shouting at you.

“That’s something we don’t get at other venues and the interaction with the fans is very enjoyable.

“I’m not big on all the (glitz) and glamour, but the Monaco Grand Prix is a unique sporting event.

“It’s not as tacky as you might think; they do it right, although you wouldn’t want every race to be like this.

“I tell people that if they’re going to go to one race, they should go to Monaco.”

Webber was fifth fastest in day one practice. He added: “Lots of laps completed and lots of data gathered ahead of qualifying on Saturday.”