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Belgian GP: Mark Webber talks about Spa-Francorchamps


By Berthold Bouman

Red Bull’s Mark Webber has enjoyed the summer break and is now ready to attack the second half of the season that starts this weekend in Belgium. Asked about the four-week break the Australian said, “The break has been good. It’s longer than it used to be, but it meant I managed to get to see the Olympics. I thought the coverage was awesome and it was great to see stories unfold and for athletes to achieve the results they wanted.”

Mark Webber, Red Bull

But he also can’t wait to get in the car again, “However I missed driving the car and I can’t wait to get back racing. It will be an intense end to the season, so it is important that the team is in good spirits.”

Webber explains why all drivers just love the magic of Spa-Francorchamps, “Spa is the best track to have after a break and it’s extremely rewarding for drivers at that venue. It’s obviously remained pretty much unchanged for some time and it has a lot of character.”

About the most famous corner in Grand Prix racing he said, “Eau Rouge is a very special part of the track, the spectators love going to watch the cars there and I would encourage anyone to see it live once in their lives — it’s mind blowing. It’s one of the classic tracks where you feel like a Formula One car belongs on the circuit. We’re looking forward to going there and challenging for the victory.”

Most fans remember his daring overtaking manoeuvre on Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in 2010 at the uphill Eau Rouge corner, and Webber commented, “I have great memories of this corner from that pass,” he says. “It was a big moment for us in terms of pit stops. Therefore it was important for me to keep the momentum going. Luckily I managed to get the move done at the bottom of the hill.”

It will be a difficult second part of the season, but Webber is ready for it, “It will be an intense finish. There will be lots of travel and the flights are always draining. That is what is most tiring, rather than the driving itself. Everything will still be tight. Lotus has one of the best cars so they will win a race at some point, and then there is McLaren and ourselves. It will be a very busy period.”

Webber is currently second in the Drivers’ Championship with 124 points, 40 points behind leader Alonso, but he is closely followed by his team colleague Sebastian Vettel, who is third with 122 points.

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