Webber unmoved by delay

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RED Bull driver Mark Webber has backed the decision to postpone the Bahrain Grand Prix, as his team get set to defend their Formula 1 crown.

Trouble in the Middle East prompted the season opener to be cancelled on Monday, delaying the start of the calendar by two weeks, handing the first race to Melbourne, Australia on March 27.

But Webber has down-played the delay, saying that it won’t affect the drivers, who will be just as prepared in Melbourne as they would have been in Bahrain.

“I don’t think the extra two weeks will make a big difference,” said the 34-year-old Aussie. “It’s the same for everybody - we’re always prepared to race in two weeks.

“The freight will still have to leave for Melbourne pretty early. I suppose you’ve got another 10 days’ headroom, but it’s swings and roundabouts.

“As for starting in Melbourne, it’s my home race and, as always, I’m looking forward to it.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner agrees with Webber, and does not think that the delay will give anyone any unfair advantage.

“The drivers have got a little bit more time, but haven’t got any more mileage because it’s still only one four day test before the first GP,” he said. “Time is a bit more in hand but in terms of mileage on the track that is exactly the same.”

All F1 teams have one more test session in Barcelona before the first race.