Mark Webber has arrived in Valencia for this weekend’s European Grand Prix - a race in which he hasn’t had too much luck in the past. Last year, Webber suffered a spectacular crash at the Valencia Street Circuit, but the Australian says the build-up to this race has not brought back any bad memories.
“I was on the front row here last year but I then had the accident with [Heikki] Kovalainen in the race. It was a nasty one, but I’ve done a bit of racing since then and it’s not an issue to return here. I look forward to getting started and I think we can be competitive this weekend – that’s our goal.
“This is probably the most sensitive track of the year so far in terms of DRS and KERS. You’re going to need them along the long straights and, unlike in Montreal, we’re likely to have a dry race on Sunday so we’ll get to see how back-to-back DRS zones work out.
“As a team, we’re not overly concerned by the changes [teams are no longer permitted to change the engine mapping on their cars between qualifying and the race] I don’t think they’ll have a big effect on the shape of the championship battle, but it would certainly have been cheaper for everyone if we’d been told about them before the start of the season. Everyone was looking at these areas of development over the winter and it’s much more expensive to make changes now.
“The lay of the land is very different this year. Seb [Vettel] has had a phenomenal start to the season and everyone else has got their work cut out to reel him in. It would be good to start doing that this weekend!”
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