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Webber laments 'Mickey Mouse' state of F1 2010 new boys

Red Bull Racing star Mark Webber has decried the 'embarrassing' state of play in F1 and its 'Mickey Mouse' newcomers just days from the beginning of the 2010 world championship campaign in Bahrain
Mark Webber has lashed out at the current state of play in the top flight approaching the F1 2010 world championship campaign, blasting the 'embarrassing' débâcle of new 'Mickey Mouse' teams that 'haven't yet turned a wheel' just ten days shy of the curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix.

Whilst shambolic American effort USF1 has now been put out of its misery with the publication of the FIA's official final 2010 entry list [see separate story – click here], for this year at least, Hispania Racing F1 Team – formerly Campos Meta 1 – will arrive at Sakhir in the desert kingdom with at most a single shakedown run under its belt, a somewhat disquieting situation both for HRT F1 and rival competitors, with little to no knowledge of how the car ill actually behave on-track.

That, Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) director Webber contends, is a disgrace for a formula touted as the pinnacle of international four-wheeled motorsport – and the current predicament, he opines, has left F1 looking more than a touch amateurish.

“It's embarrassing,” blasted the Red Bull Racing star in an interview with Australian news agency AAP. “It's incredible that people who haven't yet turned a wheel take part in grands prix. It's the sort of stuff from Mickey Mouse or Tom and Jerry.”

The New South Wales native even went so far as to argue that record-breaking MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi – a man who has flirted with a crossover to four wheels on a number of occasions in recent years, off the back of a strong of eye-catching testing outings with Ferrari – would likely be better for the top flight than some of its newcomers, and vowed to emulate 'The Doctor' in giving something back to his supporters when he wins his first grand prix this season.

“It would make more sense to field Valentino Rossi, with his bike, on the grid,” the 33-year-old went on. “He is great – F1 needs a character like him. For my first victory of 2010 I will do something for the fans...it won't be as brilliant, Rossi-style, but enough to thank them.”

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March 04, 2010 6:36 PM

When Webber was at Minardi they had the 107% qualifying rule. I don't recall him ever failing to make the grid. If this rule was still in place how many of these new teams would make it through qualifying? Minardi raced in F2 for four years before making the move to F1. Seems like the sensible way to go about it. They also raced at a time when teams had to pre-qualify. While they may not have acheived great results they earned their right to be on the grid.

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