Mark Webber was in the new Red Bull on Day One of the Jerez test today, completing 94 laps and finishing as the third fastest driver.
The team used the warm temperatures to evaluate a broad range of Pirelli tyre compounds, and the Australian driver feels that the pre-season preparation is going to plan.
“It was pretty good today,” he commented. “There were a few red flags, but we did almost 100 laps and the car ran well. On the performance side I think we're going okay; it's very early and you don't know who's doing what, but we're focusing on ourselves and seem to be going in the right direction.”
Webber also echoed the thoughts of many of his fellow drivers in adding that his wishes are with Robert Kubica, who was severely injured in a rallying accident on Sunday.
“It was a big shock for all of us, I couldn't believe it,” he said. “I'm happy, as it looks like the people involved have done an incredible job for him after the accident to keep him in the best shape possible.
“It's a big loss for our sport that he's not here this year and a big loss for us as competitors, as we're motivated to race against the best guys in the world and Robert is one of them. I wish him all the best for his recovery; every day he'll make progress and I'm looking forward to having him back when he is ready.”
Webber will be back in the car tomorrow.