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Webber confident after power-packed drive

The Aussie collected the best times in both practice session on friday.
Saturday, May 21, 2011

BARCELONA, Spain, May 20, 2011 (AFP) - Mark Webber said he was feeling in a confident mood after after dominating both of the opening practice sessions for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

The Australian Red Bull driver, who won last year's race at the Circuit de Catalunya, finished the morning session a second quicker than the rest of the field and then pipped McLaren driver Briton Lewis Hamilton by 0.04sec in the afternoon with a time of one minute 22.470.

Although he has finished on the podium twice already, the 34-year-old is still searching for a win this season and admitted that his mood had been lifted by his performance.

He said: "One of our better Fridays actually - the car ran well, we got a lot of information. "It was a good day for us. I enjoyed driving the car with beautiful conditions and it was good to be in the car.

"It's the first time we've been to Barcelona in these temperatures - in the winter when we were here it was much cooler so it was good to get both cars out there running around and getting the information we need until Sunday."

Webber has been overshadowed by his Red Bull team-mate and current drivers' champion Sebastian Vettel so far this season, and admitted that he is expecting some tough competition from his rivals this weekend.

"We will have a good look at it tonight," said Webber. "All the usual suspects will be there. "We will be towards the front with Ferrari and McLaren - it has been like that for the last two years and I don't think that will change for this weekend."

Vettel, who has won three of the opening four races this season, finished the day third fastest and expects a much closer race than in previous years.

He said: "It seemed close, it is what we expected, we brought some stuff ourselves, we made a step forward but so did the others."You always hope that their updates don't work, but it is not working that way. I think it will be extremely tight and we will see tomorrow when everyone drops their fuel, and tries as hard as he can." 

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