Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel surely are in the best possible cars to go into the European GP weekend at Valencia. While the World Champion has a rather good record at Valencia, Mark has had his share of bad luck at previous events and looks forward to set the record straight.
“The atmosphere around the harbour in Valencia is quite similar to Monaco, except that the Paddock is bigger and the garages are larger. The circuit is a street circuit, but the average speed (200kph) is extremely high, so it’s tricky. In general you need a lot of wing for the corners and less for the relatively long straights, which means you have to find a compromise. There are no run-off zones, so you can’t make any mistakes – a small slide and you end up in the wall... Overtaking is difficult and the only real possibility is in Turn 12. We had a good race there last year and the car should be good. I’m looking forward to it.”
“Valencia hasn’t been an incredible venue for me in the past but I’m looking to try and break the duck this year. I quite enjoy driving the last sector of the track, as it’s got a really good combination of corners which are challenging. It’s a circuit that’s yet to provide a phenomenal F1 race, but we’ve seen some special ones this year, so hopefully this is an opportunity for Valencia to add its name to the list. There’s no reason why the car shouldn’t perform well there, but as we’ve seen in the past few races, we’ve certainly had our fair share of competition.”