Mark Webber says he's happier with Red Bull's progress at Jerez this year
Aussie says stable rules benefit World Champions
By Mike Wise in Jerez. Last Updated: February 6, 2013 6:09pm
Mark Webber: Completed 101 laps on Wednesday
Mark Webber has said he is happier with Red Bull's progress during testing at Jerez than was the case at the same stage last year.
The Australian completed his second and final day behind the wheel of the World Champions' new RB9 before team-mate Sebastian Vettel takes over on Thursday and Friday.
Testing on Sky Sports
From dawn to dusk, Sky Sports Online will be providing live interactive commentary from trackside at both Jerez and Barcelona on every day of testing this winter, while Sky Sports News will be providing regular live updates from the tests, starting with Jerez on February 5-8.
A round-up show featuring the day's interviews from Jerez will go out at 9pm each evening of the test on Sky Sports F1.
"I think we are," replied Webber, who was fourth fastest overall on Wednesday, when asked if the team were in better shape than twelve months ago. "There's less changed on the car, the regulations are a bit more stable, so we're satisfied."
However, they hit their stride as the year progressed with Vettel winning four races in a row towards the end of 2012 as both driver and team claimed a third straight title.
Webber completed more laps of the 2.75-mile track than anyone on Wednesday, including a 21-lap stint during the afternoon. He said, however, that gauging the car's performance over a long run was not a priority at such an early stage.
"There's always performance stuff going on in the background but we want to make sure that we have a lot of systems checks," Webber explained.
"In the end I was surprised with the kilometres we did. It was quite good and it was a very good day for the team, in terms of how the boys worked in the garage. Also, the preparation we have overnight is important to have a good test day.
He continued: "We've been okay. We had a lot of things to get through, as you'd expect during the early days of the testing. We got through most of the programme today and we certainly learnt a lot more than yesterday.
"We'll learn more again on Thursday with Sebastian. We've put the car in a good position for him and he can enjoy tomorrow."
The 36-year-old ended the day over a second slower than pacesetter Romain Grosjean but again refused to read too much into the lap times.
"Yeah it's good," Webber said of the Lotus driver's 1:18.218s lap. "But I haven't seen any World Championship points going out yet."