on March 15, 2013 On the track news with 12 comments

Friday 15 March 2013

First Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:27.211, Laps: 16
Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:25.908, Laps: 33

“Overall it was a good day for us. It was pretty seamless and there was no trouble with the car. After all the mileage of testing, it was fun to be out there – this circuit doesn’t get easier, it’s a good challenge. The soft tyre doesn’t last too long, but the harder tyre is a decent race tyre. The weather should be quite changeable tomorrow and, as we can’t predict how much that will impact the tyres and car balance, we need to be ready to change things. Today was a good day and the balance was good, but we need to be ready for what’s coming up.”

First Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:27.668, Laps: 18
Second Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:26.172, Laps: 31

“It was not a bad day and we got through plenty of information. It was nice to have a bit of sun on the circuit after Barcelona, where we had pretty overcast conditions. We had to correlate a lot of information from Europe and that went pretty well. We still have a huge amount to go through tonight and we’re expecting a bit of overcast stuff tomorrow, so we need to be ready for that. Overall, it was pretty positive for us, but there are still areas to improve on.”

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

MARK WEBBER’S TOP FIVE… Five things to do before the start of a race
How long before the start? That’s the question. If it’s a while before then…

1. I need sleep. Always a good thing!
2. I need fuel, so something to eat. That means the usual things, a bit of pasta or chicken, something easy to digest.
3. Get a briefing from the engineers.
4. Put my race kit on and go to the toilet!
5. Get in the car, which I always do from the left-hand side and do the belts up.

That’s it really. It’s not a big process, just getting yourself mentally ready, being prepared. I don’t have any big rituals really, aside from the left-hand side of the car thing.


  • Paulo Barros
    on March 15, 2013 Reply

    Hi Mark, nice seeing you up in the charts. I guess we all have certain thing we do. I only get on/off my bike from the left side and always put the left hand glove first. Good luck tomorrow and Sunday.

  • Daryl Field
    on March 15, 2013 Reply

    Mark, Aussie to Aussie, try the right hand side for once. It will pen up the left hand side of you brain and guess what Mr 2013 world champ?????? Regards Daryl

  • Deborah Bolognesi
    on March 15, 2013 Reply

    Good luck Mark!! I wish you all the best for the race and the rest of the season. Hope this is your year, you deserve it!! Keep pushing mate,always proud to be your fan,kisses from Italy!

  • Julie wise
    on March 15, 2013 Reply

    Great day at the track, definitely the professional team on the day, and all the off season work showed, can’t wait to see qually tomoroow

  • Darren k
    on March 15, 2013 Reply

    Make the shirts normal size, not 1:0.5 scale

  • Kym Nicholson
    on March 15, 2013 Reply

    Good luck, hope to see you standing in 1st place on the podium. Go Aussie Grit. 🙂

  • psycho budgie
    on March 16, 2013 Reply

    Go get ’em mate, right throughout the year, nail ’em to the wall. 😀

  • psycho budgie
    on March 16, 2013 Reply

    Want to see really letting it rip this year mate, looking for the edge 24/7 – u r great to watch and barrack for. 😀

  • laverne riches
    on March 16, 2013 Reply

    good luck for tomorrow and season

  • Stu
    on March 16, 2013 Reply

    Rip into it Mark – use your wet weather webbed feet to put it on the front! 😉

  • Andy brearly
    on March 16, 2013 Reply

    Good luck Mark
    Your the best
    Remember to listen to smooth criminal!
    Go jacko go WEBBER!!

  • Marcus S
    on March 17, 2013 Reply

    Hmm, Red Bull ever going to give you a car without a bazillion problems, so you can go racing?

    They messed up yet another race for you today.

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