Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber had both a day to remember and a day to forget, depending on which way you look at it. He finished a dismal 16th in practice one yet astounded fans by finishing quickest in practice two.
Webber as usual is naturally honest about the situation trying to explain what will remain until the checkered flag falls a confusing weekend. “We got some dry running in, but only around four laps: two laps on the soft tyre and two on the medium. Otherwise we were just doing general housekeeping, looking at ride heights, brake balance and all that stuff before we get the car to the limit. We need to get out there and get the mileage in, but on the other side of the coin we need to save tyres for Saturday and Sunday. The kerbs are the hardest thing here when it's wet, it makes the white lines like ice and it’s very easy to make a mistake.”
His teammate Sebastian Vettel, also leading the world championship as the reigning champion, had a day that wasn't reflective of his form so far this season achieving fourth and tenth respectively. Vettel explains how they are attempting to save tyres for the rest of the weekend. “It was quite tricky because the weather changed all the time and it’s a shame that in wet conditions we only have one free set of intermediates for the rest of the weekend, as you want to save tyres for Saturday and Sunday. We had a little bit of running in the dry and tested some updates; I think we got a decent result on those. It was difficult to judge lap times and the overall pace today, but the car feels okay. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”