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Webber hopes to sort KERS

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Mark Webber could only call on the DRS to consistently give him more straight line speed during practice in Shanghai © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber has said he wants to get the KERS system issues resolved on his Red Bull following practice for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Having had trouble with KERS in Australia - where he finished fifth - Webber was also hampered by a failure at the start in Malaysia, which dropped him down to tenth place by the end of the first lap. His issues continued during Friday's sessions, and he was told not to use the system at one point during first practice. Acknowledging that the system is a problem, Webber said he was hoping the team could ensure it would run reliably on Saturday and Sunday, as the gain in lap time is estimated to be around half a second.

"We'll look at KERS tonight," Webber said. "We'd like to run it this weekend of course."

Webber was second fastest in the morning session and then tenth in the afternoon as the team simulated long runs on soft tyres with a high fuel load. While pleased with the outcome of those stints, he said he had trouble setting a benchmark time earlier in the session.

"I didn't have the best P2, particularly on the short run with the new tyres, which is why my time is down a little, but the long run on the option tyre was good. Generally it was a good Friday, we learned a lot and the car was reliable."