Will Webber get his birthday present a day late?

Mark Webber was untroubled by his lowly 18th place in the dry at Spa today, despite it being his birthday. He admitted that he didn’t even know where he had ended up until the media questioned him about it.

It’s worth remembering that in Malaysia earlier this year the Aussie made a great call on a drying track in qualifying to grab pole, and clearly he’s hoping for a repeat of that sort of form tomorrow.

Having been seventh in the damp morning session Webber didn’t get in a properly representative time in the dry. He lost one run when he backed off while the team investigated an engine oil issue, which turned out not be to be serious. He’s confident that the package is strrong.

“Today’s a bit of a messy day, so I’ll not lose any sleep over today,” said Webber. “It was actually a pretty good day for us to be honest, we did some pretty good stuff. So I’m looking forward to tomorrow. We’ve got some good information to go through tonight.

“I think there’s a few quick guys out there, but we’re not exactly slow either. It looks like an interesting weekend. So we’ll see tomorrow. As always it’s changing and mixing a lot with the weather conditions, and it’s very hard to get a feel on what anyone’s doing. We went through our programme today, the car ran well, and tomorrow’s obviously a bit more important.”

Webber admitted that the Belgian GP would be a nice addition to his CV: “It’s a beautiful track, any driver would be lying if it wasn’t a special victory here in Spa. I’m looking forward to a very competitive weekend. It’s up there with Monza and Monaco, it’s a real signature event. Spa is a really special track for all the drivers. Today we got to sample all conditions, which is not unusual for Spa.”

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