Let's make Mark

Mark Webber is hoping for a "boring" week-end for Red Bull Racing as the team seek to prove they are finally ready to break into the points.

Mark Webber is hoping for a "boring" week-end for Red Bull Racing as the team seek to prove they are finally ready to break into the points.

The new Formula One season has been an extremely lean one so far for Webber and team-mate David Coulthard, with the latter yet to finish a race, and the team still to pick up a point.

But then, in last week's testing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya - the scene of the Spanish Grand Prix tomorrow - Red Bull managed to get their act together.

Operating with their new seamless shift gearbox, Coulthard set a record time on the reconfigured track, which features a new chicane that has been built since last year's race.

"After the last test I hope we've done enough to break away from the middle pack," said Webber.

"Renault are still going to be at the party, for sure. They are not double world champions for nothing.

"So we're here with a bit of an open mind, although we know the car is faster.

"Whether it's enough to break us away from that group then we will have to see because traditionally this is the time when all teams make changes.

"But the majority of the confidence comes from the gearbox because we know we have taken steps to improve that.

"From where we were, we're a solid tenth-and-a-half (of a second), maybe two tenths quicker.

"As a team, we need a boring weekend - Friday, Saturday, Sunday - when everything goes to plan with both cars."

With McLaren and Ferrari in a league of their own, and BMW Sauber consistently hitting the mark, the battle is on between Red Bull, Renault, Toyota and Williams to complete the top eight in each race.

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