Mark Webber is in high spirits after the first two practice sessions of the Indian Grand Prix weekend. He finished both of them in the runner-up spot, but feels that his car is handling very consistently.
However, he admits that it is hard to judge how the cars will perform on Saturday and Sunday due to the considerable amount of track evolution that occurs over the weekend at the Buddh International Circuit, as it is rarely used.
Talking about his practice session, he said: “The track was pretty good at the start of today’s sessions, better than last year I would say. However, the conditions in P2 are normally different to what we have in the race, so it’s hard to say how we will go tomorrow and Sunday, but hopefully we have the pace and can control the race. The car is very consistent, but we need to work on the tyres and make sure we get the most out of them.”
It was a largely trouble free day for the Aussie as he prepares for the final Indian Grand Prix of his Formula 1 career.
Team-mate Sebastian Vettel dominated both sessions and completed 59 laps overall. However, he did suffer a KERS issue earlier in the afternoon that cost him time on his medium compound run.
Like Webber, he too is expecting the track conditions to change over the remainder of the weekend: “The soft tyre is not lasting so long here, but it’s Friday and the track is still rubbering in; it’s normally improving for Saturday, plus we haven’t used this compound for a long time, so tomorrow it should be better.”
Vettel could take his fourth consecutive world title this weekend. All he needs is a fifth place finish on Sunday afternoon.
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