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Japan GP: Practice notes - Red Bull

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10/10/2008

Mark Webber: That was a good Friday for us. We enjoyed some dry weather today, which is an improvement on last year! It's enjoyable to drive the track – it's got some technical and frustrating corners, but we just have to get on with that. We've done our race preparation today, we'll work hard tonight and do the qualifying tomorrow. All in all, not too bad.

David Coulthard: I had low grip through the last sector, which meant the car had a lot of oversteer and was sliding. There is a contrast in coming here from somewhere like Singapore, which is a challenge and fun to drive. This track includes blind apexes and off camber corners. It doesn't matter if you're a racing driver or a punter, a nice corner is a nice corner, and they tend to be ones where you see into them, or it's banked and you ride the corner. In contrast, you don't normally see them here before you're on them, or it's off camber so the car slides at the rear. It looks good on TV, but these cars don't generate high levels of slip angle and go fast, so it means you lose some lap time – but that's the challenge of this circuit.

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