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March 14th, 2012
Mark Webber believes Red Bull Racing is in ‘good shape’ with its car ahead of the first race of the campaign – but says there is little point in talking up his chances of success in 2012.
Although the team only ran its definitive Melbourne-specification car for the final two days of pre-season testing, Webber feels positive about the progress his outfit has made over the winter.
“Yep, we are in good shape,” he said during a promotional event for Red Bull in Melbourne.
“We believe it is going in the right direction, but it only takes two or three tenths of a second and we need to do more. Let’s see when the gloves are off over the weekend, and then still we need to go to Malaysia to see a slightly different track as well because Melbourne is a specific place.
“But the guys have done a good job and we are looking forward to seeing if those upgrades are good. We will have on the car what we had in Barcelona. It is something that worked for us so we will keep it on the car.”
Webber reiterated that his winter preparations were better this time around than 12 months ago – and he thinks he is about to head into a strong campaign.
“We have a sensational season ahead of us,” he said. “There is no guarantee, but I feel there are going to be some really, really good moments this year. There will be some headwinds, that is normal, and over a long season things can happen to the drivers where we have to deal with adversity here and there.
“That is part of competing at this level and any top sport, but I am bloody excited about the whole season and looking forward to doing some fantastic results.”
However, he admitted that there was no point shouting too much about what he can achieve.
“I can tell you what we have done, talk street and say awesome things we are going to do, but we have to go and do it. It has to be done.”
Webber also said that he was not thinking about his future plans beyond this year, with him remaining on his rolling one-year contract.
“It’s been the same since 2005, and I’ve done alright since then,” he said. “I have achieved some amazing things in the last few years which I am proud of, and if I am sitting here with a two-year contract I wouldn’t feel any different.
“I still want to perform. I am not going to say, I’ve got a two year contract and I will just cruise around and get serious next year. I don’t even think about the contract to be honest – I think about results and performing. That is the most important thing, as it has been for the last few years.
“Contracts take care of themselves. If you are not good enough, get out. If you are getting the results, you stay on.”