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Webber 'reasonably satisfied' with start

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber has outscored his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel so far this season © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber says that he is "reasonably satisfied" with his start to the season, but insists the true pace of many teams has yet to be seen.

In the opening two races of the season Webber has recorded a pair of fourth-place finishes, leaving him in the same position in the championship. Speaking in his BBC column, Webber said that Red Bull wasn't the only team that is yet to show its full potential, highlighting Mercedes and Lotus as two others with more pace to come.

"I'm reasonably satisfied with the way I've started the season, even though my Red Bull Racing team have not been as strong as in the last two years," Webber said. "The two races so far have not really given us a full form guide.

"Mercedes have come away empty-handed, despite showing some strong pace, and Lotus have also got some speed in their car but not quite delivered the results they're capable of. That can happen when everyone's a bit raw in the early races of the season."

Webber said his "solid start" was down to the help of the team over the winter to get him back on the pace.

"I'm fourth in the championship, behind Fernando, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson, so it's been a solid start. The team have been brilliant all winter in helping me prepare, from the engineering side, through team principal Christian Horner and chief technical officer Adrian Newey - and it has been great to start the season in a positive way.

"I've got a pretty good feeling in the car and we made a definite step forward in performance in Malaysia. That's good but you're never satisfied until you're at the front, and we've got two weeks to try to ensure that's where we are for the next two races in China and Bahrain."