Mark Webber is not convinced that Red Bull will be able to repeat its dominance in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix through the rest of the season, after the Australian cruised to victory at Barcelona.
Webber and Sebastian Vettel locked up the front row for Red Bull, and while the German suffered several problems and could only take third, Webber was untroubled out front. Yet despite the RB6 having a clear pace advantage in Spain, Webber believes that Red Bull will not always be so far clear in the races to come.
"It's special, but it's still very early," said the winner. "We know there are some very competitive cars at the front, in particular Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, and with some pretty decent drivers as well. There's a long, long way to go, so we're waiting to see how cars perform at different venues -- cars are pretty sensitive at different tracks. There's a lot of things to see how it all shakes out over the next few months. You need to have a quick car and one that is always there for you."
Webber added that he was aware of the importance of the start after he lost out to Vettel on the first lap in Malaysia earlier this season.
"It was a sensational weekend, we had a faultless grand prix," he said. "It was an important part of the race to get out of Turn 1 in the lead. It was quite tight into Turn 1, then I settled into a rhythm, looking after the tires in the first stint. Then a clean pit stop, after which we had Lewis [Hamilton] behind, so we controlled the gap, needing to get the car home. When I saw that Lewis was in traffic I did some quick laps to open up the gap."