Webber rejects Red Bull's favourite tag after posting fastest time in pre-season testing

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 01, 2013 10:00 hrs

Ace driver Mark Webber, who produced the quickest lap at a soaked Catalunya circuit, has dismissed suggestions that Red Bull would dominate this month's Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

It was the first time the world champion team had led 2013 pre-season testing in Spain, Webber surviving the early torrent to clock a best lap of 1min 22.693sec in the afternoon session, the Age reports.

New Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was second fastest while Torro Rosso driver Jean Eric Vergne was third.

A renowned wet-weather specialist, Webber warmed up in atrocious conditions before setting his benchmark time.

While Red Bull have won the past three drivers' and constructors' titles, Webber said it would be unlikely they would lock out the front of the grid at Albert Park.

Webber added that hasn't happened for a long time, and once the season gets going then you have a bit of a trend, but early in the season it's anyone's game.

Measured in his forecast, Webber agreed the team was progressing to schedule while last year they went into the first race months behind, saying their preparation is a lot better than last year when they started the season scratching for podiums in the first five, six, seven races.

Webber further said they had more challenges to understand the car last season, and this year they know it well because it is not a huge change from last year, adding it still remains to be seen if they can win at different venues and that's what F1 is about. (ANI)

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