Australian Formula One star Mark Webber is relishing the chance to drive on Pirelli's new tyres for the 2012 season.
Despite the recent World Championship only reaching its conclusion last month, Webber is already raring to go for the new campaign.
But while last season provided its fair share of ups and downs for the Red Bull driver, he remains confident of a strong return for the 2012 season.
One thing he certainly seems at home with are the new Pirelli tyres introduced last year.
Initial grand prix races had seen Webber struggling to cope with the demands of the new compounds but as the season moved on, he grew in confidence.
Speaking to ESPN, he said,: "Pirelli did a good job to take a lot of the tyres they were looking at for 2012 to the last few races to do some development work.
"Even when I ran those tyres in Abu Dhabi and Brazil … I felt completely at home on them, so that was encouraging for myself and also for the team."
Mark Webber now has high hopes that his confidence with the tyres could provide him with the perfect launch pad towards a World Championship next season.
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Posted by Danielle Barge