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Are Red Bull beginning to show their real pace?

During Tuesday's session in Barcelona Mark Webber was quickest for Red Bull ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button.

Webber set a time of 1 minute 22.544 seconds, the fastest time set by anyone over the day and the previous test in Barcelona last month.

The time was set during a short qualifying style stint and the closest anyone got to the Austrailan was Jenson Button, who managed to get his McLaren to within 0.366 seconds of the Red Bull.

The potential race pace was also shown by Red Bull with regular lap times between 1 minute 28 seconds and 1 minute 32 seconds during 10 lap to 17 lap stints.

In comparison Button was around the 1 minute 29 seconds mark on 7 lap stints, slowing to between 1 minute 30's and 1 minute 34's during his race simulation.

But while Red Bull appeared to have the upper hand, Mark Webber was keen to play down the performance of the car.

'We are not going to sit here and say we are going to destroy the first race and kill everyone, because that would be naive,' Webber said to the press following the test yesterday. 'There are a lot of people with similar pace Ė don't worry about that.'

'I don't think there is a huge amount of evidence to go on from the previous eight weeks to be honest, because today we see everyone with similar pace. Ferrari isn't here, and McLaren is not hanging around either.'


While McLaren appeared to be making progress on Tuesday by closing the gap a little to Red Bull, some eager watchers were wondering if Red Bull were hiding some of the performance from their car.

I think they are still not showing everything,' Renault driver Nick Heidfeld told Autosport Magazine on Tuesday evening.

'If you look at the sector times, they still have something in their pocket. So from the sector times at least, there might be even more that they are not showing.

With Ferrari hitting the track today, it didn't take long for the Red Bull to flex their muscles and Heidfeld appeared to be proved right within the first few hours of the test.

Vettel jumped into the Red Bull for the Wednesday morning test session and set a time of 1 minute 21.863 during an impressive five lap qualifying stint, over half a second faster than Webber's time the previous day.








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Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 9 2011

Time: 2:00PM

Your Comments

I'm fascinated how Red Bull have leapfrogged all and sundry, amazing stuff really and love the fact Webber has ended up at a top team, he deserves it
The Fear
Red Bull have continued from where they have left off. On the top of the time sheets.
__villa__
I may be a Red Bull fan but I don't rate Webber at all!
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