x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Webber hungry for more success in Budapest

The Australian thinks the balance of power could still sit with Red Bull Racing this weekend, despite conditions playing into Jenson Button's hands.

Mark Webber drives during practice at the Hungaroring. The Australian won his maiden grand prix last time out in Germany.
Mark Webber drives during practice at the Hungaroring. The Australian won his maiden grand prix last time out in Germany.

BUDAPEST// Mark Webber thinks the balance of power could still sit with Red Bull Racing this weekend, despite conditions playing into Jenson Button's hands. Webber scored his first grand prix victory in Germany a fortnight ago at the 130th attempt, leading a Red Bull one-two for the second successive race in tandem with Sebastian Vettel.

The pressure is now on Button and BrawnGP during the course of the Hungarian Grand Prix as they have seen their leads cut in both the drivers' and constructors' championships. Yet even though Button and teammate Rubens Barrichello are due to bask in the 30C temperatures, Webber feels he and Vettel can shine in the sun, not just the cool as they enjoyed at Silverstone and the Nurburgring. "We're here to race them this weekend," said Webber, who starts today's race in third.

"We're close in the championship, in the constructors', not just in the last two races, but the races before that when it was also hot. "Although Jenson won those, collectively as a team we've done well, and that's why we're second in the championship, and not a million miles away in the constructors'. "We're happy to go to every venue, any conditions, and race against Brawn. Of course we are. "Given the track temperatures, and all those type of things, we haven't yet had the opportunity to race with the package we have now at a very hot venue.

"Obviously, we don't have the luxury these days of testing at Jerez and getting a feel for different things. "The only time we get to do that is when we go racing, so it's hard to know how the balance of power will be come, but we feel our performance is because we're going quicker. But there's no question we expect to be competitive. That's the way we went into the race at the Nurburgring. We thought, they thought, and maybe some other people thought as well that they'd be closer to us there.

"But as it turned out the Nurburgring was better for us than at Silverstone. We'd have more of an answer if we were able to test, but we don't. We're doing our testing on Sundays now when there's just a bit more at stake." * PA Sport