Mark Webber is confident he and his Red Bull Racing team will be able to deliver the kind of title-winning consistency this season that they lacked in 2009. With the team heading into the campaign as one of the main contenders for championship glory, the outfit is keen to avoid the slip-ups it made at times last year. Webber also feels that with his own physical condition so much better than 12 months ago, when he was still recovering from injuries he suffered in a bicycle crash, this season will pan out much better.
"Clearly, there was a big window of last year where it went very well for me and at Valencia and Monza the team lost a lot of points," said Webber. "So there were parts of the championship where we didn't deliver and that's ultimately why we didn't get any championship. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out that you need to be consistent.
"I fully believe that I can be consistent at all venues and do a good job to a higher level. Now, whether that's enough none of us know. I'm more composed having the victories – they weren't given to me and had to work for them. They are victories that give me confidence and they are victories that make me want to go and get more. I'm looking forward to it."
Webber thinks it impossible to judge yet who has the fastest car, despite the widely held perception in the paddock that Red Bull could have the best car over a single lap but may not be so good over a race distance.
"When we start to get down to the last two or three tenths, it's virtually impossible to predict," he said. "We know what areas we want to improve on and that was the same after the Abu Dhabi race last year because there are always weaknesses.
"We're very optimistic that we are going to have a strong weekend. It's a hot track, so that's the first time for that so there are a lot of new things with the limited testing. We used to come out here and do some mileage as well, but no teams have done that so there's no Bridgestone information."