Webber not phased by F1 rule changes

Friday 24th June, 2011 - 1:22pm


Mark Webber in Valencia

Mark Webber in Valencia

Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber is not concerned that changes to the Formula One technical regulations over the coming races will remove his team’s speed advantage.

The first instalment in a two-part crackdown on off-throttle blown diffusers is being implemented this weekend at the European Grand Prix. CLICK HERE for an explanation of the rule changes.

Red Bull has taken five race wins so far this season, in addition to all seven pole positions.

While it has been suggested that the Red Bull entries will suffer most from the banning of off-throttle blowing of diffusers, Webber says the changes are unlikely to “turn the championship around.”

“I don’t think they will make the car any faster, but I think it is the same for everybody,” said Webber in Valencia.

“We have got to adapt again, get used to it, but it is nothing new for our team to adapt to a change in regulations. All the teams have to adapt and see what they can do to do the best out of it.

“I don’t think it is going to turn the field upside down. I think everyone will still be in reasonable shape.

“McLaren and Ferrari are fast, we know that. We are quick but the changes, whether they will turn the championship around, I think it is unlikely.”

While noting the cost implications for the teams, Webber does not believe that changing the rules mid-season will hurt the sport’s following.

“I think the majority of the fans aren’t that bothered (about rule changes), to be honest,” he said.

“They just want to see what they have been seeing so far this year which is a lot of interesting car races.

“They basically have ten to fifteen per cent knowledge of what’s going on behind the scenes in our sport. They just want to watch a good car race actually.”

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