By Berthold Bouman
Mixed results for Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber during the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, Vettel finished the race in third place, but rivals Ferrari and Lotus finished ahead of the triple World Champion, while Mark Webber’s race was hampered by ECU problems that cost him at least five places during the start of the race.
Mark Webber: It’s important to acclimatise
The Australian driver finished his home Grand Prix in sixth place, but has put this unfortunate race behind him and is already looking forward to race at Sepang International Circuit.
Asked about the favourite part of the circuit he said, “It’s the second to last corner because it’s very tricky to get right, but I’ve always enjoyed driving it. I’m looking forward to getting back on track again so soon after the first race and really getting the season underway.”
Difficult home GP for Mark Webber last weekend – Photo: Red Bull Racing
The Malaysian Grand Prix is one of the most challenging races of the season, due to the hot and humid climate, and Webber gave some tips to keep cool this weekend. “Drink a lot of water, wear light clothes and of course stay in the aircon as much as you can — although that’s not something that helps much when we’re driving! It’s important to acclimatise as much as possible,” he advised.
Sebastian Vettel: It’s a very rewarding circuit
Asked about his favourite part of the circuit, Vettel commented, “It’s an interesting track. After the first section, Turns 5, 6, 7 and 8 are very quick and fun. Turns 11 and 14 are similar, it’s difficult to find the apex of those on every lap, especially as the tyres become worn.”
Vettel had good memories of the Sepang circuit, and has won there before, “It’s a very rewarding circuit for a driver to win, as it’s such a tough challenge with the heat and high-speed corners. It’s rewarding, as it shows you have prepared well over the winter, so I guess my favourite memories are winning in 2010 and 2011.’
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