Hungarian GP: Mark Webber also wants good result before summer break
By Berthold Bouman
Mark Webber is another driver who also wants to score a good result at the Hungaroring, the last race before the summer break. “It would be good for everyone in the team to enter the break on the back of a good result. The guys have done a phenomenal job so far this year and they deserve to head on their holidays on the back of a strong finish here,” said the Australian Red Bull driver.
He is confident his team is heading in the right direction, performance-wise. “Early on in the year it was difficult for all of the teams to decide which development direction to go in, but we proved that we’ve done a pretty good job by our 53 point lead in the constructors’ championship.”
Webber also thinks the tyre problems he encountered in Germany, are solved. “We’ve looked into the problems at Hockenheim and we have some ideas about what went wrong. I struggled on the medium-compound tyre, the reasons for which we think we understand, and I didn’t get a chance to discover the true pace of the car on the option because I was stuck in traffic. I had no free air in the first stint and that situation was compounded as the race progressed. It will be important to start higher up here at the Hungaroring.”
Webber is now second in the Drivers’ Championship, 34 points behind leader Fernando Alonso, so he will not be leaving the Hungaroring leading the championship, but he likes the track and is looking forward to the race on Sunday.
“It’s a busy lap, with lots of corners and not many straights, and so it’s important to have good stability under braking and good traction,” he explained, adding, “There are a lot of medium-speed corners; it’s not super-slow, as many people assume. There are still relatively high apex speeds. I’ve gone well here in the past and I’m looking forward to getting on-track again.”
Webber won the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2010 for Red Bull and if all goes well, he will start his 187th Grand Prix this weekend.