02.11.12

More KERS woes for Webber

Red Bull Racing driver laments lack of running but insists problems are different to those encountered in India.

Mark Webber ended Friday’s practice sessions for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with the day’s fourth fastest time but it was a day of frustration for the Red Bull Racing driver as he suffered KERS problems.

“It never helps to miss some running on the track during practice, but it’s not a big deal."
Mark Webber

The Australian’s race in India last weekend was hampered by an intermittent KERS fault and his afternoon running at the Yas Marina was curtailed today as he suffered more problems with the system, though he was quick to add that the difficulties were different to those suffered at the Buddh Circuit.

“We had a KERS issue, which wasn’t the same as last week,” he said of the problem, which left him sidelined for the final ten minutes of the session. “It never helps to miss some running on the track during practice, but it’s not a big deal. The track will move around a little bit from where it is now, but not a huge amount; it’s in pretty good shape straightaway. We’ll get it fixed tonight and come back tomorrow.

Webber ended his days’ work with a time of 1:42.466, seven tenths adrift of table-topping team-mate Sebastian Vettel but he said he was generally happy with his how his RB8 felt across the two sessions.

“It’s OK. Normally I struggle around car park sort of race tracks, but I’ll do my best to push as hard as possible around all the second gear corners here this week. I’ll do what I can tomorrow and qualify as high up as I can and enjoy the race on Sunday.”