Webber and Vettel look to be more competive by Saturday qualifying in Monaco

Mark Webber set the fastest lap for the team in Thursday practice on the streets of Monte Carlo.

Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing RB9
Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing RB9

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“I think traditionally we’re never too electric here on Thursday’s, so today was actually one of the better ones we’ve had in the last few years. You’ve got to be very, very focused here; concentration is very, very high. It’s a challenging venue to pull everything together; we want to obviously get short run performance as well as gaining short and long run data, which I think we’ve got. There are some quick cars out there; we’ve seen that on Saturday at the last few GPs. All in all, a reasonably smooth day for us, we’ve got plenty to go through now.”

Car 2, Mark Webber
First Practice Session: Position: 7, Best Time: 1:17.020, Laps: 27
Second Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:15.404, Laps: 42

“I think generally it was okay. Unfortunately we lost quite a lot of time in the afternoon while we were making some changes, but that can happen on Friday, or in this case Thursday. We’d like to be a little bit more competitive, so we need to try and find some more lap time. We had a KERS issue this afternoon, so I didn’t use the system during P2. The guys know what the problem was with that.”

Car 1, Sebastian Vettel
First Practice Session: Position: 10, Best Time: 1:17.380, Laps: 23
Second Practice Session: Position: 9, Best Time: 1:16.014, Laps: 33

And Finally

After all the serious business of the day, here are five fast facts from Mark:


Mark Webber’s Top 5… Sports teams of all time
The Chicago Bulls: The Michael Jordan period. It was massive for me growing up. I really was into that then, Scotty Pippen and all those guys.
Manchester United: Which era? Always.
The Queensland Rugby League Team: It pains me to say it as I’m a New South Welshman, but those teams have been pretty successful over the past decade in the State of Origin series.
The Australian Cricket Team: During the Steve Waugh era. I think they won something like 17 or 18 test matches on the bounce, which was pretty handy.
This team!

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Red Bull Racing , Jordan
Article type Practice report
Tags monaco, red bull, vettel, webber