Pressure & How to Deal With It
But how does he feel about the pressure of a home town race? Webber says, "When the helmet goes on, it doesn't really matter where you are." Webber displays the secret of the world's top athletes: focusing on the task rather than the outcome. Top athletes have the ability to focus on what makes them fast: their car setup, the correct line and gear changes through corners, the team race strategy. This task focus allows Webber to control the things he can control and ignore the things he can't, such as other teams, the weather and to an extent, the outcome. This is a valuable lesson for all athletes working in pressure situations.
The 2011 season will be a new scene with several rule changes. A moveable rear wing, a new tyre supplier and a short-term booster speed button are among the changes for the 2011 season. The experts are divided as to how this will impact the speed, racing and safety of the event. But this is part of the re-innovation of the F1 beast as it changes and moulds to the times.
This weekend's Melbourne race weather will also play its part, with showers predicted for qualifying on Saturday. Whatever happens, it will be a great start to the season.