Date: 12th March 2012 at 3:03pm
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Unsurprisingly considering the great job that Sebastian Vettel has done at Red Bull, team-mate Mark Webber has been cast into the young German’s shadow in recent years.

The Red Bull was the class of the field in 2011 and yet 35-year-old Mark Webber, with more years experience than Vettel in Formula One was completely put into the shade.

While Vettel claimed eleven victories and broke the record for number of pole positions in any one season, Webber had to wait until the final race of the season in Brazil to claim his first and only victory of the year.

But heading into the new season, Mark Webber starts with a clean slate, something that his team expect to bring out the best him.

‘I think Mark has had a good winter, I think he has a good pre-season and I think he goes to Melbourne with a spring in his step – which wasn’t the case last year. He is in a good frame of mind and hopefully he can have a strong season.’ Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner told Autosport Magazine.

‘We have got two really competitive drivers and we expect them to push each other but they both know that the team is the most important thing.’

One of the benefits that might aid Webber this season are the new Pirelli compound tyres.

Drivers like Vettel and Button gained an advantage with their slick, methodical style over their team-mates more aggressive styles last year. They gained an advantage by looking after their tyres, but this season, they are squarer in design, more ‘racy’ and this could suit Webber’s style.

So if the Red Bull is on top in Australia, Mark Webber could be set to challenge for his first victory on home soil.

 

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