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Webber tops the time sheets as Jerez dries out

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Mark Webber set the fastest time on Day 3 of testing in Jerez in the new Red Bull RB6.

There was torrential rain and lightning storms overnight in Jerez, which apparently saw the local police resorting to boats to navigate some roads, but by mid-morning Webber was running on dry tyres.

Despite a mechanical issue early afternoon, which cost Red Bull a couple of hours of track time, Mark Webber still managed to end the day top of the timesheets, just as his teammate Vettel had on Wednesday.

The team spent today completing a series of short and long runs to test various chassis set-ups and analyse tyre degradation. Ian Morgan, the team's Head of Race Engineering, was pleased to see the back of the rain. “It's good to finally get some dry conditions and complete some proper runs on dry tyres, which we've done very little of with this car so far. We did 115 laps today, which is pretty good; things look promising.”

Speaking at the end of the day, Webber was not complacent about the cars performance. “We're certainly showing some good form in terms of reliability, but we always need to work on performance; you never know that the other teams are doing. We're in a good position at the moment to build up to the first race – it's close, but there's also quite a way to go, as other teams have no doubt planned developments for Bahrain. We're doing the work we need to do, in order to understand the car more.”

The Aussie driver will be back in the car for the final day of testing in Jerez tomorrow.

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