Webber Outshines Vettel for Friday Practice in Germany


Mark Webber seemed to get to grips with the Nürburgring faster than Red Bull team-mate and home favourite Sebastian Vettel today, setting faster times than the German in both of the two Friday practice sessions.

Webber was out-paced only by Fernando Alonso in the morning session but came out on top in the second 90-minute session this afternoon, beating his Ferrari rival into second place.

“So far so good; the car feels pretty good here,” said Webber, summarising his day. “Fernando and Seb are really quick as well and you never know when McLaren might turn up tomorrow too. I haven't been watching them too much today, we've been concentrating on ourselves and trying to improve the car with each run, that's the most important thing we can do.

“It's nice if it stays dry, as it's a bit easier to manage, but whatever tomorrow throws at us, we should be ready for it. I'm feeling comfortable so far.”

Vettel was third in both of the sessions, but seemed more concerned about the weather around the Eifel mountains than being outpaced by Alonso and his team-mate.

“It was cold out there today!” he said. “It was good fun, the circuit was quite slippery with the low temperatures, but we did a lot of laps and the car seems okay, although I'm not 100% happy yet.

WWe'll see what happens tomorrow, but at this stage we've got a bit of work to do. Ferrari looks very competitive, McLaren is a bit harder to judge, but we will see. We don't know the conditions for tomorrow, rain is forecast, but it depends when and if it will come.”