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GP Week : Issue 74
a Minardi (the very DNA of Toro Rosso) to a spectacular fifth place and his first F1 points. Last season Red Bull had showed potential at the track but came away point-less. Webber is hoping not only for more points, but a more impressive spectacle than last weekend: "We know we have had some bizarre races here," he told us. "We have had Safety Cars, interesting weather and it's a street circuit. We plan for lots of different scenarios... Melbourne can traditionally throw up some odd results." What wouldn't be so odd would be for Webber to make his mark on the championship at this race. He's told the press that Red Bull have a new, lighter chassis to unveil for this race and are looking at building on the positive (positive apart from a rogue spark plug) events in Bahrain. The team and Webber are serious about halting the Prancing Horses' stampede and making sure the Red Bulls grab the championship by the horns before the race in Malaysia. By the time he gets to the starting grid, as well as the usual sponsor meets-and-greets, the interviews and the TV appearances, Webber will have attended a lunch for Australian sporting heroes, given a lecture at a local university and been given a civic reception in his hometown of Queanbeyan. But perhaps most tellingly, he'll have had a stand at the grand prix named after him. The Albert Park organisers have chosen to put Webber between the Fangio and Senna stands near Turn 16. Who knows which other list those three name might appear in by the end of this year? Melbourne 2002, above: Webber manhandled a mechnicaly fragile Minardi to a stunning fifth place on debut -- he would wait seven years to celebrate his first victory, left, with partner/manager Ann Neal F1 FEATURE >> 31