Webber coped better with early season RB8 admits Vettel

18 December, 2012

L-R: Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing on the podium. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Race, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday 14 October 2012.Dec.18 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel has admitted his teammate Mark Webber initially had a better handle of Red Bull’s 2012 car.

Ultimately, on the way to collecting his third consecutive drivers’ title this year, German Vettel outscored Australian Webber by more than 100 points.

And Webber won two grands prix in 2012, both in the first half of the season, compared to Vettel’s five.

A report in Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said that Red Bull’s renowned designer, Adrian Newey, “took half a season” to get the RB8 fully up to speed.

“I just felt more comfortable in the car [in the second half of the season],” Vettel explained.

“The balance was better for me than it was at the beginning, which caused problems especially in qualifying.

“For a long time I was not happy with the exhaust, even though it brought more downforce than the old version.

“I couldn’t play with the car the way I wanted, to fit my driving style. I get my speed in the corners in the entry, while Mark is better at the exit.

“Only the last ‘Coanda’-solution got me close to what we had last year,” added Vettel.

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  • Guest

    So Vettel admits he is an early turn in early apex driver?

  • ?

    Having seen the 1st comment, and before anything happens…

    Please, stop hailing anybody – be it FA, SV, LH, and others (especially…..the former 2). And just because they’re not fans of your favourite driver doesn’t make them bastards, and just because they aren’t writing something you want to see doesn’t mean they’re lying……..

    It’s not like we’ve got a war between Patrick Volkerding and Mark Shuttleworth – and they’ve got very opposing opinions about the Linux kernel.

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