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'Next year will be different' - Webber

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber expects to be a lot closer to Sebastian Vettel next season © Sutton Images

Mark Webber is "very, very optimistic" that he will have a better season in 2012 than he did this year.

Having come so close to the title in 2010, Webber was comprehensively beaten by his team-mate Sebastian Vettel this season, with Vettel taking 11 victories and securing the championship with four races to spare. Having won the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, however, Webber said that he was expecting to have a "very, very strong season" after improving throughout the year.

"The next most important race is Melbourne and next year will be different to this year, because that's just the way I'm sure things will go," Webber told Reuters. "I'm very, very optimistic and positive that I'll have a very, very strong season and that's what I'm going to look forward to. I'm still driving very, very well.

"It's an extremely fine line before you start to unlock a few other things that can make your season go from good, which was this year, to great, and that's what I need to be able to try and do."

Webber also said that his victory at Interlagos had been the culmination of a lot of little things coming together for him, and that he was already looking forward to building on it in 2012.

"I think that (the victory) was brewing off the back of a few events where, on the surface it might not have looked that I might have been challenging, but there were certain things coming that I was getting more confident about. Yes, Seb (Vettel) had to manage an issue but irrespective of that, you still need to pounce and capitalise on other people's misfortunes. That's motor sport at the end of the day.

"It's good to have our feet up a little bit; it's a long, long season as we all know. But to be honest I probably wouldn't have it any other way. I still absolutely love my racing and I'm really looking forward to, it's 100 days apparently before we get back to Melbourne, so looking forward to getting back in the car and racing."