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Red Bull isn't sandbagging - Webber

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber: "There's a lot of people on a similar pace, don't worry about that" © Sutton Images

Mark Webber has denied Red Bull is running its car overweight in testing in order to conceal its hand from its rivals.

The RB7 has finished at the top of the timesheets on four occasions so far, including Tuesday when Webber set the pace as the first day of the final test got under way.

But when asked if the team had been "sandbagging" in an effort to deceive its rivals, he said: "Certainly not. I'd love to be able to say that. There's not enough time to play games with yourself let alone other people."

He added: "There's a lot of people on a similar pace, don't worry about that."

He believes most people putting Red Bull at the top of the pile are basing their opinions on last year's performance rather than statistics from testing.

"I don't think there is a huge amount of evidence to go on from the previous eight weeks to be honest," he said. "Today we saw everyone at a similar pace and Ferrari aren't here. McLaren aren't hanging around either. We need to go racing [to find out]."

On that note, Webber said that Red Bull is now ready to hit the track in Australia, with only a few issues to be ironed out at the remaining days of the test.

"You can always do with more time but I think we are ready to go and see where we are," he said. "You always learn more when you go racing, about your strengths and weaknesses and as a team. That comes from pace, reliability, pit stops, organisation, Saturdays and Sundays - the whole weekend needs to be tested shortly and we'll go from there."