Mark Webber faces tough F1 task at German Grand Prix
Mark Webber is no great fan of the Hockenheim circuit where he could take the lead in the Formula One championship if he secures his third win of the season.
MARK WEBBER is no great fan of the Hockenheim circuit where he could take the lead in the Formula One championship if he secures his third win of the season.
The Australian goes into Sunday’s German Grand Prix in second spot overall, thanks to his impressive last-start win in the British Grand Prix and his victory at Monaco in May.
He sits 13 points behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, the only other driver to have posted two victories in 2012. Webber would need to win and have Alonso finish worse than fourth to go top of the standings this week.
But it’s Webber’s Red Bull Racing teammate, Sebastian Vettel, who has been installed as race favourite in his home country.
Webber admits he doesn’t have a lot of love for Hockenheim, which hosts the German Grand Prix every two years, alternating with the Nurburgring circuit.
“The race is at Hockenheim this year and, to be honest, I much prefer the Nurburgring,” Webber said on his website.
“There are a couple of overtaking places on the current track, particularly into the hairpin at the end of the back straight.
“But it’s not that thrilling to drive and it’s not even that technical.”
The 35-year-old’s feelings are reflected in his results at the circuit where his best finish was sixth with Jaguar in 2004. He came third at the Nurburgring last year.
Also working against Webber is Vettel’s home advantage, not to mention local conditions working in favour of four other German drivers – Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Timo Glock from Marussia.
“The Germans love F1, so there’s a big following for the German drivers at this race,” Webber said.
“There are plenty of them – five – so there should be a good atmosphere come race day.”
This will be Webber’s first race since extending his contract with Red Bull Racing to the end of 2013. – AAP