Webber: Quartet won’t ‘give an inch’

Date published: September 18 2011

Mark Webber is predicting a race within a race in Singapore as the quartet chasing second want not only the win but also to beat each other…

Mark Webber is predicting a race within a race in Singapore as the quartet chasing second in the standings want not only the win but also to beat each other.

With Sebastian Vettel holding a 112 point lead over Fernando Alonso in the Drivers’ Championship, the German is all but assured of walking away with his second title.

However, behind him there is an intriguing battle for second place with four drivers separated by just 14 points.

And Webber reckons those four, which include Alonso, Jenson Button, Webber and Lewis Hamilton, will hold their own private war in Singapore.

“In the Championship, four of us – me, Fernando, Jenson and Lewis – are separated by just 14 points and none of us is going to give an inch,” said the Aussie.

But while Webber knows he’s up against tough opposition, the Red Bull racer is quietly confident of achieving a solid result at the Marina Bay circuit.

However, he does concede it will be a challenging race due to the nature of the track and the late hours.

“The Singapore night race is a challenging one. The track’s bumpy and although the 1500-odd lights do a good job at illuminating the circuit, it’s not like racing in daylight and that makes it tiring.

“It’s also the longest race of the year, running close to the two-hour time-limit set by the FIA, and the intense heat and humidity makes it pretty warm in the cockpit. You have to watch your hydration during the build-up to the race.

“I finished third at the Marina Bay circuit last year, but the track hasn’t been that kind to me in the past. I enjoy driving there, so I hope to nail it this year in much the same way that I nailed Valencia earlier this season.”