Mark Webber has admitted that it would be nice to rediscover his Silverstone form and use victory in the British Grand Prix as a springboard to confirming his Formula One world championship assault.
The Australian, who led the standings just a couple of races ago, now finds himself fourth overall and 24 points behind Lewis Hamilton as the season reaches its halfway point, and acknowledges that he needs to return to his podium-winning form after crashing spectacularly out of the European GP two weeks ago. Prior to his aerobatics in Valencia, Webber had finished in the points in every race and admitted to enjoying the four-way fight with McLaren and team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
"It is a sensational battle, and there are many drivers that can win races," he told the BBC
, "It's a good fight. A lot of us are on a couple of victories each, and it would be nice to be the first driver to get on to three and four - and get a bit of momentum.
"It would be a total dream [to win the championship], absolutely incredible. But there's a long, long way to go. I've got a lot of points on the board, although I don't have as many as some other people at the moment. But I have led the championship at some stages this year and I hope I can do it again at a crucial stage towards the end of the year.
"We are still pushing very hard to get every single point we can at every race. I had a rough weekend in Valencia, but the form has been good. Okay, in Canada, we finished fifth, but it was a very interesting grand prix for everyone. Turkey was another podium, so not a bad weekend at all. The signs are good to continue having good weekends and keep fighting."
As well as McLaren, however, Webber refuses to rule out an Italian challenge, expecting Ferrari to get itself back into the championship battle after a handful of poor results.
"You can still never discount them," he insisted, "They are a very, very strong team, [and] Fernando [Alonso] is a very solid driver, so those guys will be there week in, week out as well."
An F3000 winner at Silverstone, Webber is hoping that the remodelled British GP venue can be kind to him again, especially with Red Bull Racing having won there last season with Vettel.
"I like Silverstone a lot and fancy my chances," he admitted, "I'm looking forward to getting back on the horse after the non-finish in Valencia, and Silverstone's been a good track to me in the past. When I moved to Britain, one of the first tracks I came to was Silverstone, and it's almost like the Lord's of car racing. I've won there in most categories except F1, so I'm looking forward to trying to add a [grand prix] victory to my other victories there."