• European Grand Prix - FP2

Frustrated Webber struggling with long run pace

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber struggled for long run pace during FP2 © Press Association

Mark Webber admitted that he was frustrated with his FP2 and that Red Bull's long run pace was "not very good" in Valencia.

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of second practice for the European Grand Prix while Webber was ninth quickest, half a second slower than his team-mate. Webber admitted that he had failed to get the pace out of the soft tyre and warned that even though the RB8 looked quick over one lap it needed to be strong in race trim.

"You get one lap - or two laps - on the option tyres, so we didn't do a good job on the soft at all," Webber said. "So a frustrating finish to the session but we've got plenty to go through tonight. I think the car's working pretty well here, but Seb was on pole in Montreal and we finished fourth so qualifying's not what it's about - we've got to do well on Sundays."

When asked how the race pace looked, Webber replied: "Not very good, but we know where we can improve.

"I think Seb had a reasonable long run but we know what we need to do to improve our long run pace ... We need to improve. The option tyre wasn't great for me but we'll work on that tonight."

With 15 drivers covered by less than a second qualifying could be a tight affair, and Webber said it was all down to the Pirelli tyres.

"Nothing's changed. We've got a lot of quick guys not where they should be and guys who have the tyres working in a good window and they're very quick as well. So it's all about those four corners, the black stuff on the corners of the cars."