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Mark Webber questions rear wing use

ESPNF1 Staff
March 23, 2011 « Toro Rosso 'among first five teams' | »
Mark Webber is concerned that use of the rear wing in qualifying will make things 'a little bit more sketchy' for the drivers © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber has questioned the need to use the moveable rear wing during qualifying sessions.

The drivers will need to test the rear wing during practice and qualifying to help with car setup, but Webber said that it should only be used in the zone marked out for the race.

"I don't quite understand why we have to use the wing all through qualifying," he said. "For qualifying, it is an added distraction and loading which we don't really need. It is not helping the show - it is another session where you want to do the ultimate lap time but everyone has the same tools to get that lap time, so why overload the driver? There is no real gain for doing it."

When asked if the rear wing was more dangerous than last season's F-duct, which required drivers to only have one hand on the steering wheel at times, Webber said "Yes, I think so."

"If you look at Eau Rouge at Spa - that is why I am saying for qualifying - why not just have it at the same points we have it for the race? On the straight. Everyone does it, it is easy. If you take Eau Rouge, Copse, or Becketts - it is not improving the situation. For us, it is making it a little bit more sketchy.

It was for racing, so I don't see why we need to be trying to get through Eau Rouge with an open rear wing. We tried that with the F-duct, it was a little on the edge and Charlie [Whiting] wasn't too happy with that."

Fernando Alonso, on the other hand, doesn't see a problem with the system, but the Spaniard admits it is still too early to judge if it will have the desired effect in races.

"These past weeks there has been a lot of talk about the possible difficulty of managing all the controls we have in the car, especially on the steering wheel," Alonso said."Quite frankly, I don't think there will be any problems, at least on the safety front. When all is said and done, we are professional drivers and we have to be capable of adapting to any situation.

Even when it comes to running the moveable rear wing, I don't think there will be problems. It seems like a good idea to me, but obviously it is too early to say if it will really make overtaking easier and lead to more excitement. We will start to get an idea this Sunday afternoon."