May 1911 (F1plus Team) .- The Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who has the number 2 in his car, seems to be en route to an eventual victory in a Grand Prix this season, and perhaps it might happen very soon.
The Aussie has finished every race in a better position with respect to the previous one, and having come second in Turkey, it’s not that crazy to think, that a victory in Spain would not be far-fetched.
Webber finished 5th in the GP of his country, in a race where he has never passed that mark Then in Malaysia he could not make use of KERS, and at the start he lost several positions, ending up in 10th after a lap, however he recovered to cross the line in 4th.
Then came his brilliant display in Shanghai, where he started 18th and began an epic comeback to finish on the podium with an incredible 3rd place. Finally we have Turkey and its exquisite curve # 8; Webber was did not surprise here, and instead he held his qualification spot -despite Alonso snatched it for much of the race- following his teammate with a second.
The final tally: in four rounds Webber finished with this chronological order: 5th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd; so what’s going to be in Barcelona where he won there last year?
The word that best applies to describe Webber is determination. Besides being an eloquent person, the Australian conveys an aura of self-assured and frankness (which is sometimes interpreted harshly) all characteristics of a person who is confident in his abilities, and for whom quitting is not an option.
Last season we saw Webber coming leading the tournament with only 3 races to go, and ending up in 3rd place overall. All these knowing the difference in speed between him and his teammate Vettel.
This year the story is not much different, as the German has gotten four pole positions in succession, and has driven with basically no errors nor threats; three victories and second place in China speak for themselves.
However, not everything is written and there is still a lot of championship ahead. Ferrari seems to show signs of life, Mercedes continues to improve and McLaren has begun to stalk the Red bulls. Once Vettel starts to feel uncomfortable and threatened in his position, that level of perfection would have its real test, and mistakes can be the order of the day.
Here is Webber can and should take advantage given its better concentration and self-control under high pressure situations. In order to beat Vettel in optimal conditions, it takes much more than luck, nearly impossible.
The aussie put in his own words in his column for the Australian Sydney Daily Telegraph: "He's at the top of his game at the moment and it's up to me to close the gap. To beat Seb in Spain, I'll have to do a better job than I did in Turkey. I'll need to be inch-perfect in qualifying and then have a cleaner first stint in the race than I did in Turkey because that will throw open a few more options in terms of strategy."
Mark Webber holding off spaniard Fernando Alonso.