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Red Bull vow to sort out Webber woes

Wednesday 28th August 2013

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Red Bull vow to sort out Webber woes

Red Bull vow to sort out Webber woes

Red Bull have promised to address Mark Webber's start problems as a matter of urgency after it compromised yet another race for him.

The Australian qualified P3 at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday, but his hopes of challenging for the race victory was over before the race even got underway as he had a problem with his clutch.

Team principal Christian Horner feels it is important that they sort out the issue once and for all if they want to stop throwing away points.

"We approach each race as they come, we try to get the best out of the car, we keep pushing in all areas - but there are things we need to improve," he is quoted as saying by Autosport.

"We particularly need to address the start issue with Mark, and have to get on top of that. It has cost us too many points so far."

The Australian slipped to sixth place on the opening lap and, although he managed to regain one place after that, he found himself stuck behind Nico Rosberg of Mercedes for the rest of the race.

"The two practice starts we did were diabolical. The clutch was like tractor. That's where we were. It turned out to be not great. In the end, you murder the tyres trying to recover and it just snowballs," a disappointed Webber said after the race.

Horner echoed his comments and admitted that it was always going to be difficult for him to make up lost ground once they detected problems with his clutch.

"We had a clutch that under delivered and created a horrible start for Mark," explained Horner.

"We could see on the formation lap that the clutch did not appear to be performing as it should. Adjustments were made on the formation lap but the clutch has not delivered as it should have done at the start.

"That compromised him into the first turn and then you are on the back foot from there.

"Fernando [Alonso] got a run on the down hill into Eau Rouge and, after that point, the race became fairly static.

"It was only Fernando who made progress from that point onwards.

"We could close up, but we didn't have enough straightline speed at the end of the straight and we lost ground in the dirty air of the middle sector."

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