Red Bull's Mark Webber expecting 'tight' battle for supremacy at 2013 British GP
Both Red Bull drivers pleased with team's Friday work
By James Galloway
Last Updated: 28/06/13 8:03pm
World Champions Red Bull were, predictability, right among the frontrunners in the dry running that was completed on day one with Webber and team-mate Sebastian Vettel only headed in the order by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
Webber, who was returning to the track a day on from his announcement that he will switch to sportscar racing with Porsche next season, was pleased with the amount of work Red Bull managed to get through in P2 and the information gathered on the two race tyre compounds.
"We tried to do as much as we could in 90 minutes; we put both compounds on and did different fuel loads as well, so it was quite a demanding session for the team," he said.
"In the end we got what we could out of it. I think that both Seb and I ran different compounds and got the information we need for the race. Today we did a snapshot of work for tomorrow, but mostly the focus was for Sunday."
Although neither Ferrari nor Lotus featured in the top eight on the Friday afternoon timesheet, both teams looked more competitive relative to Red Bull in the later heavy-fuel race simulations, with Rosberg also showing encouraging from in this area for Mercedes.
"I think the race will be quite tight, to be honest I don't think there's anyone charging away," Webber predicted.
His World Champion team-mate Vettel was also satisfied with the opening day in Northamptonshire and said Red Bull now had to choose what area they would prioritise in Saturday morning's final practice session.
"I think overall we can be pretty happy, it was a good day. Obviously it was important to get some laps in the dry as we expect dry conditions on Sunday," the German said. "Now we need to have a look at what we can improve, have a look what the others did and then we'll know a little bit more for tomorrow.
"Today we tried to do both short and long runs. For FP3 tomorrow, we need to decide if we go for short runs, to prepare for qualifying, or long runs trying to look more at the race set up."