I did a little bit of digging around to garner Webber's take on the poor starts in the 2011-12 seasons and came up with these quotes - worth a read for those genuinely interested:
EVEN from 15,000 kilometres away, Mark Webber hears the Aussie pub chat that while he qualifies strongly and races even more so, his starting grid getaways have been less than perfect this year.
Go no further than a recent grand prix in Belgium. Starting third, Webber was eighth after the short run into the first corner and spent much of the rest of the race fighting back to a brilliant second.
His response: Don't shoot the bloke at the wheel. "Formula one race starts are 60 to 70 per cent car, while the rest is down to the driver
," Webber told the Herald.
With the second part of the season under way at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, Webber has been thinking a lot about the first few seconds of the remaining grands prix. He hasn't won this year and sits fourth in the world championship, trailing Red Bull Racing teammate Sebastian Vettel by more than 100 points.
"There have been some good starts - Melbourne, Valencia, Barcelona - but it's an area I would put down as not our strongest point," Webber said.
"Ferrari is doing a good job on starts - Fernando [Alonso] has produced some rocket launches like in Barcelona, as has Felipe [Massa] at times. Still, I think I can hold my own when the technical side of the start process goes well.
"Webber said the majority of fans wouldn't understand the technical complexity involved in making a start in a modern seven-speed formula one car.
"It's not like lining up at the traffic lights on Parramatta Road, pulling a bunch of revs, dropping the clutch and firing off,'' he said. "If the initial launch - the first one second - goes well, the rest of the start usually works out. Me and the boys go through the data after every race, and there is often a technical reason for a bad run to the first corner. We're working constantly on improving.
"You have to co-ordinate many things, from exact temperature of the clutch, which the driver doesn't have any control over, to reaction time, which is completely down to the driver.
''We have to put all these things together, in a very short period of time, and we only get one attempt per weekend - in that exact situation; meaning that grid box, grip level etc, which you can never quite emulate perfectly in a practice scenario - to do the business.''
Far from dreading the starts, Webber said he loved it when the lights went out for the race start, even though the pressure was intense and so much depended on the ensuing few seconds.
"But it's a very public thing. All eyes at the track and at home … are watching the start intently.''