Mark Webber said he was pleased that his championship advantage is 'going the right way' after his second place finish in the Japanese Grand Prix.
Webber finished second to Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel at Suzuka to extend his F1 championship lead to 14 points with three races still to run in the 2010 season.
That 14 point lead is over both Vettel and Fernando Alonso, who now sit level on points, but the Australian said he wasn't just looking at the two drivers directly behind him when it comes to considering who is his main rival for the crown.
“Two weeks ago it was Lewis (Hamilton), then it was Fernando,” he said. “It's chopping and changing, but the most important thing is that the gap is going the right way. I need to keep it like that. We've got three races to go and it's a good result for me.
“Seb deserved the victory today, did a good job, but as we've seen this year, five of us are capable of winning races – well, four in the dry, Jenson's had a few races in the wet conditions but in the dry conditions it's been four of us who can win.
“I need to win again in the future. I'm very confident I can do that, and that would be beneficial, of course, but also reliability can still yet play a role, many things, circumstances, lots of different things. There are 75 points to go.”
Webber admitted that the Japanese race had been something of a procession after Robert Kubica's retirement behind the Safety Car, but said he was just happy to have taken a second place finish that extends his lead.
“It was probably going to be difficult for me to win the race unless I got the start,” he said. “I got a little bit of luck when Robert had the wheel nut come off. I could see it for most of that first lap and there was some debris coming back towards me, so I was pretty keen to pass him. I asked permission off Charlie [Whiting] to see if I could pass under the safety car but in the end Robert pulled over. Then after the restart it was just basically... it is a beautiful track but it is basically a formation finish.
“Both Sebastian and I just following each other around and it is very difficult to get much closer. Anything around about a second or second-and-a-half is about as good as it's going to get around here, so very happy with how I drove this weekend. Congratulations to Seb. He deserves the victory as he did a good job and Fernando didn't drive too bad either for third. All in all a good day for all of us and I am very happy with my position.”