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GP Week : Issue 10
F1 TURKEY >> Nelson Piquet’s second F1 career finish has taught him far more about the sport. Despite finishing out of the points in 15th, the Brazilian admitted that an increased amount of time in the car, coupled with an afternoon filled with fights and overtaking manoeuvres, provided a good education. “Oh it was a pleasure,” he beamed. “I’m enjoying it very much. It’s what every driver dreams of doing. At the moment I’m still in my learning phase. It’s very important to finish races. Every lap I’m doing I’m learning. Me, my engineer, everybody, so I’m happy to finish one more race. “Every time I’m sitting in the car there’s a few things I’m learning. For me it was more difficult in the beginning. It was a big, big learning curve. “I don’t know how much, but I’ve learned about the whole experience of the race, setting up a car for the race. The more laps I can do in the car, the more I’m going to learn.” Piquet is aware that he needs to make strides forward if he is to continue his education, and pointed to the continued competitiveness of his team-mate Fernando Alonso as reason for optimism. “The car was good and you can see it was competitive from Fernando. The car was quick, but I should have been better in qualifying, which didn’t help me. I don’t think it [the race] was good, it was what I had to do. We just have to improve in qualifying not to get all this traffic in the race because it’s what’s costing us the points.” Moving up the learning curve RED Bull Racing’s Mark Webber took home his fourth consecutive points finish in Turkey, on a weekend where the Australian admitted he was discussing a new contract with the team. “I’m happy to get two points,” he said. “It wasn’t the most exciting race; I was just trying to hold on to Fernando [Alonso], which wasn’t easy as he was a bit too strong for us today. It would have been nice to be able to fight him a little bit more. I was cruising a little in the last stint, as Rosberg wasn’t a threat. “Getting more points is good for the team, especially after the way they turned my car round after my shunt on Friday, but we’re not satisfied with getting just points now - we want to get more. But, I have the same number of points that I had in total last year, so we’re doing okay.” The result will no doubt add extra weight to ongoing contract negotiations with Red Bull, where Webber admits he would love to stay next season. “We are talking now,” he confirmed. “I am free next year, but I am massively keen to stay here. I hope to stay here. “I have always said I won’t be around forever if I’m fighting for 12th, 13th or 14th. I would just go do something else. I have no interest in doing that anymore, and I am massively motivated at the moment to come up and rack up the points, alongside Fernando [Alonso], and fighting, like at Barcelona. “That is good. It motivates you during the week, and you are looking forward to each race when it is like that.” Webber points to new contract 33