After topping the timesheets on Friday morning in Sao Paulo, Mark Webber admitted that he sees the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix as a good chance to get back to the sharp end of the points scoring action.
“We couldn’t have got much more out of today,” said Webber. “The guys did a good job getting the optimum time on track that we could with the tricky weather conditions. We were dodging showers here and there, but we timed everything as well as we could.
“It’s one of the more encouraging Fridays that we’ve had for a long time, so it was good. I hope it carries on tomorrow,” he added. “We've seen that things can change day to day with this championship, so I’m looking forward to qualifying - it should be good for us.”
Webber’s teammate, title-chasing Sebastian ended the day in seventh place but after running close to the top of the timesheets all day was also encouraged, particularly by the faultless (so far) performance of his engine.
“All in all, a good Friday,” Vettel said. “We had another practice day without any engine trouble, even though we did a lot of laps – so thanks to Renault for that. Other than that, we were fast throughout the whole of practice today.
In the afternoon session, it was Scuderia Toro Rosso’s time to shine, and Sébastien Buemi confirmed their emerging late-season burst of pace with a sizzling lap which put the Swiss driver second on the timesheets at the Brazilian Grand Prix, just behind Fernando Alonso who went fastest in the dying moments of the session.
The STR4 has been building a head of steam for the past few races and in Japan Buemi pushed through to the top 10 in qualifying before being penalized for piloting his damaged car back to the pits after scraping the wall at Suzuka.
‘We've seen that things can change day to day with this championship, so I’m looking forward to qualifying - it should be good for us’
– Mark Webber
In Sao Paulo he again showed that the car is progressing, despite a first-session off which left him with damage to the rear of the car. “We are really happy,” he said after the second session. “We had an accident in the morning but the mechanics did a really good job to put everything back together and we were quite competitive in the afternoon so I’m really happy with the pace.”
Buemi pointed the finger of blame for the crash squarely at Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi. “He was really slow on the racing line and I came up quite fast,” said Buemi. “I wanted to avoid him but I touched the curb and just lost the car.
“But we have a good basis, even though I didn’t know this circuit, I think we look quite good. The pace we had in Japan was not a one-off and we’re pretty happy for tomorrow.”