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Mark Webber is ready for rain that is forecast to arrive in Barcelona on Friday

Aussie is bracing himself for bad weather

By Mike Wise in Barcelona.   Last Updated: 21/02/13 7:36pm

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Mark Webber is bracing himself for bad weather that is forecast to arrive in time for his second outing in Red Bull's new car on Friday.

Cold conditions have characterised this week's testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, with drivers consequently complaining of poor tyre performance. However, rain is scheduled to arrive on the final day of running.

"I think it's going to be very cold tomorrow and raining, so it could be a difficult day for the teams," Webber said on Thursday evening.

"The predicted temperature is seven or eight degrees, so the track is going to be in the same window maybe because there's going to be no sun on the track.

"It's incredibly unusual to racing at a grand prix in these conditions, so we need to see how much mileage we can do tomorrow on the intermediates.

"We need to have a look at how the inters are and see how the new car is in the wet conditions. But whether we do 110 laps is another question."

Webber ended Thursday only ninth fastest but did at least complete the majority of a race simulation during the afternoon.

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It was his first day in the RB9 this week and the Australian echoed sentiments he expressed in Jerez a fortnight ago, where he said the car was an improvement on its title-winning predecessor.

"It is a step forward from last year's car," Webber added. "I would be surprised if it wasn't. There's very good continuity in the team, the guys understand the car as well. The regulation changes are very minimal; the biggest challenge, as we all know, is understanding the things on the corner of the car.

"But in terms of the concept of the car, there's no big surprises for us. We're pretty satisfied so far but we certainly have work to do."

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