Formula One world championship leader Mark Webber
has claimed that he is not focusing on the points situation after six races this season, preferring instead to concentrate on keeping mistakes to a minimum.
The Australian started the season poorly enough to warrant speculation that his job may be on the line at the end of his current one-year contract - with finishes of eighth, ninth and eighth sandwiching second place, from pole, in Malaysia. Since then, however, he has taken back-to-back victories, from pole, in Spain and Monaco, with the 50-point European maximum vaulting him into a share of the championship with Red Bull
Racing team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Despite elevating himself back into title contention, and making him a rumoured target for other teams as he chases his first victory hat-trick since Formula Ford, Webber insists that he is content to allow the points to take care of themselves
"I'm not that interested in the points at the moment," he stressed on the eve of the Turkish GP at Istanbul Park, "It's nice to have quite a few, but the results in the last few races have been what it's all about, so that's been very rewarding.
"We know that there's been some missed opportunities in the past and we need to keep those to a minimum, so we're looking forward, keep trying to do what we've been executing the last few events and that can be good for us in the future. I don't feel any different really, when I get out of bed, because all of us are pretty much on the same points anyway, so I'm not doing anything that different."
With Red Bull
having annexed all six poles so far this season, as well as three wins, many are predicting team-mate Sebastian Vettel
to be Webber's main threat where the title is concerned. The Australian admits that there is a close fight going on, but insists that all is amicable in the RBR camp.
"Every competitor is on the grid [is competition] for all of us," he maintained, "We know that, towards the front, we have different levels of car performance, so it's obvious that I'm not racing [Lotus driver] Jarno [Trulli] this weekend. But there's guys that you have more fights with throughout the season and, clearly, Sebastian is in a good car, he's quick and there's going to be a healthy competition there - as always.
"There's no secret that we like to beat each other, and that's how it should be. It's healthy, [with a] very good balance within the team. Sebastian's had his days in the past where he's been virtually untouchable, and I hope that they don't happen too much in the future. He's very quick, we know that, and I've got to try and keep those [results] to a minimum. It's a good battle."
Asked how much he thought Vettel's much-reported chassis problems had been in dictating the results of the past two races, Webber appeared to dismiss suggestions that he may not have won had the German been in full cry.
"Obviously, I wasn't driving his car, so it's difficult to know, to be honest," he said, "We'll see."