As a none-too-happy Mark Webber emerged from his cockpit after a frustrating drive to fifth place at yesterday’s Australian Grand Prix, Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko has explained that the Australian had some sort of a chassis problem.
After finishing quickest in the opening practice session at Albert Park, the Australian was all but obliterated by the performance of team-mate Sebastian Vettel for the rest of the weekend, with the German out-qualifying him by over nine-tenths of a second and cruising to a comfortable victory, while Webber finished almost 40 seconds adrift, losing two placed to his second-row starting position as well.
“Mark had some problems with the chassis,” Marko told Germany’s RTL TV station after the 58-lap race.
“With him, neither the hard nor the soft tyres really worked. His tyre wear was also significantly greater than Sebastian’s,” he added.
Ironically, the situation mirrors a similar performance deficit suffered by Sebastian Vettel in the early half of last season, where a chassis imbalance on his RB6 challenger contributed to several performance discrepancies and wheel-related retirements.
[Original image via Sutton Images]
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