• Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Webber eyes race day progress

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber is hoping to move forward from 12th on the grid © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber believes he can make progress through the field during Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix after a grid penalty means he starts in 12th.

Despite qualifying in seventh place, a gearbox change drops Webber back five places to the sixth row of the grid. He thinks the DRS will only be effective if he can get in one-on-one battles during the race, but Webber believes he is out of position and will be able to climb in to the points.

"It's not going to be a holiday, that's for sure," Webber said. "The problem is when everyone opens the DRS together because if you have five or six cars in one group then you all do the same top speed. So I need to try and find individual fights and then I can pick people off, but if we have a group battle it's very difficult to pass.

"It will only be done after Eau Rouge and maybe a bit towards the Bus Stop. I think it's very unlikely that you'll see passing done in the middle sector, although let's see how the tyres behave; they're not completely predictable yet, as we've seen today so we will be pushing and we need to move forward - no question about it. We're out of position, we need to move forward."

Webber added that a points finish would be the target, and admitted he was aware of championship leader Fernando Alonso's starting position.

"Tomorrow I'll get some good points from there if I can. Fernando's not at the front but that doesn't really matter, what matters is the pace that we've got there today and what the gap over one lap is … so work to do."