Mark Webber says his form is being impaired by difficulties getting the most out of tires which have already been used.
Webber started yesterday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from pole position but couldn’t get his car off the line well on his scrubbed soft tires. He fell behind Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg at the start but was able to pass Rosberg after switching to new tires later in the race.
“When we go to this type of range of tire it is probably a little bit more high maintenance for me to feel whether the tire is in the race,” Webber explained.
“It’s a little bit frustrating but that’s the way it is. If you want to go quick, you’ve got to go… obviously it’s such a fine, delicate balance, obviously and then you can feed the tire a lot if you treat it in a different way but to get into that window is sometimes not obvious.”
The problem is especially acute on tracks like Yas Marina where drivers are limited by rear tire wear, he added.
“I think that we’ve seen – like Korea, China, a few other races where we are probably a bit more on the front tire,” said Webber. “Of course I’m very fast, I’m quick but when we’re on the rears it’s a bit harder for me to be as competitive at certain times.”
“That’s the way it is. The primes [medium compound tires] weren’t too bad, I didn’t think we were going too badly on those in terms of feeling, anyway, but that’s the way it’s been the last… since 2011. I’m not going to learn now, mate. Old dog, new tricks, it’s over.”