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F1: Webber warns Texan autumn can slow Red Bull

Published on Nov 16, 2012 5:56 AM
Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia drives during the third practice session of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on Yas Island on Nov 3, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

AUSTIN, Texas (AFP) - A combative Mark Webber warned his Red Bull team on Thursday that the falling leaves and temperatures in autumnal Texas could cause them problems with their tyres during this weekend's United States (US) Grand Prix.

Hitting out at suggestions that in hot weather, the swooping brand-new Circuit of the Americas built 24.1km out of downtown Austin would favour Red Bull, he pointed out - in robust Australian fashion - that if their tyres were not working, the team would struggle.

"I think our form card recently, apart from Abu Dhabi, has been very strong," he said.

"Qualifying was strong in Abu Dhabi, at Suzuka we had the front row and cleaned up, and the other two races (Korea and India) were very strong (for Red Bull).

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