Webber worried as battle takes to streets
AUSTRALIAN Mark Webber has warned that his world title challenge could be beaten by the street-wise advantages enjoyed by his Brawn GP rivals Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.
Webber clocked the fourth best time in yesterday afternoon’s second free practice session ahead of tomorrow’s classic Belgian Grand Prix on this sweep- ing circuit through the Belgian Ardennes.
This left him optimistic that he and Red Bull teammate, German Sebastian Vettel, can bounce back with a good result after a pointless outing on the Valencia street circuit in the European Grand Prix.
But, he said, it was clear that the Brawn team have an advantage over their Red Bull rivals on the street tracks and similar others to come on the calendar.
Webber, who was 33 on Thursday, said: “I think it is pretty venue dependent now. That’s why it is ‘seesawing’ so much. And the cars are sensitive to track temperatures.
“But I think it is Brawn’s to lose. We know that. They are the hunted and we have to gain a lot on them. We need a phenomenal amount of points and a very consistent run, and even then we need to have both of the Brawns to have a rough run to get to the top of the championship.
“It’s not impossible, but as we know things can change fast. There are a lot of points to go. It’s certainly not impossible, but it’s going to be tough.
“Looking at what happened in Valencia, we’ve got Singapore and Abu Dhabi as well.
“If we had the middle section of the races to the end of the year, we’d be saying we’ll give it a little nudge. But it’s going to be hard. It’s not an excuse. We capitalised when the tracks suited us.
“But there will always be pressure on the driver leading until he has won it.” – Sapa-AFP