F1 » Webber: We'll continue to take each race as it comes

Mark Webber says it is not time to panic about his championship chances, despite conceding more ground to Fernando Alonso in Hungary.

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Josh - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 11:01 AM

I can't believe he had such a disastrous qualifying in Hungary after that poor showing in Hockenheim. Mark needed nothing less than a front-row start and a good points haul in Hungary to make up for the weekend before.

If Mark truly wants to become WDC this year he's got to be as on the ball as Fernando, who possesses almost robotic consistency. Webber may not be panicking but a lot of his fans down under are...


July 31, 2012 11:16 AM

Quite a few members of the Red Bull team appear to be feeling the heat, Helmut Marko stating that Alonso's lucky streak will soon end (is it really luck, is Helmut in touch with the guy who distributes luck) is the biggest indicator. MW better hope that the 'victim syndrome' that is surfacing throughout the team doesnt derail his season, good luck on that one m8

Porcelina - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 12:48 PM

Webber is a very quick driver but I honestly don't think he's got it in him to finish the job. He threw it away in 2010, allowed himself to be walked over in 2011, hasn't stepped out of his comfort zone to pit himself against Alonso at Ferrari and is now letting this year slip away, despite a lot of impressive drives.

If he truly wants to be a WDC, he's got to dig deeper than he ever has.

Silent observer - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 1:09 PM

I hear you, Porcelina. It is that extra something, isn't it? That makes the difference between a very good driver and a great one. It's a very thin line. To be considered great, you have to win at the very least one WDC. He's getting ever closer towards the end of his career, so he can't take the safe option all the time. He's got to throw everything including the kitchen sink at it. And if that ruffles some feathers within the team, or affects his close friendship with the likes of Alonso, then so be it! He does not need desperation, but he needs maximum points every race, he needs some more spectacular overtakes and he needs to lay it all on the line.

Fred - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 1:10 PM

Its hard to see how Webber could win the title this year. Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton are all arguably faster drivers so he'll need to up his game as well as hope for a bit of luck (like Vettel DNF Valencia)

Silent observer - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 1:32 PM

Webber knows that Horner and Marko are psychologically aligned towards Vettel as their champion driver within the team. So long as he gets equal equipment, he has to somehow retain his lead over Vettel in the WDC and maintain himself in that gap between Alonso and Vettel - until it is mathematically impossible for Vettel to catch Alonso for the title. So the team will have to rally behind him to take the fight to Alonso in the final races. That is his only real chance. He also has to hope that the Macs will take vital points off Alonso. Vettel is only 2 points behind him now, so it will be tough...but not impossible. The coming few races are crucial.


July 31, 2012 4:22 PM

Do not count Mark out yet. He has more intestinal fortitude than most of us and half the drivers on the grid.
It's a long way to go and he has the tenacity to fight till the end.
Yes, Fernando has driven exceptionally well and taken his chances. That could all change in a heart beat.
9 races still to go.

derth - Unregistered

July 31, 2012 4:36 PM

You have to feel sorry for Webber, he signed with RB under the illusion that he was going to fight for the title. In Spa probably Vettel will get more points than him overtaking him in the WDC and with that, Webber is done.

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