Web­ber wor­ried as bat­tle takes to streets

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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

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