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Webber: Nothing between the title challengers

Red Bull Racing F1 2010 title protagonist Mark Webber reckons it is too close to call between himself, team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso following practice for this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale
Mark Webber has admitted that it is 'the usual suspects up at the front' thus far in Abu Dhabi this weekend – and ahead of one of the most tense and unpredictable title-deciders in recent F1 memory, the Red Bull Racing star has conceded that there is precious little to choose between the three principal protagonists.

Webber lapped fourth-quickest in FP1 at Yas Marina and then replicated that in FP2, though whilst he trailed his pace-setting RBR team-mate Sebastian Vettel by more than a second during the afternoon session, come the evening, the Australian had reduced the deficit to less than two tenths of a second.

Indeed, by the end of the second session, second-placed Vettel, world championship leader Fernando Alonso in third and Webber in fourth found themselves separated by a mere 17 hundredths of a second. Even more intriguingly, the only other man still in contention to lift the laurels – McLaren-Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton – was fastest of anyone, and the Briton needs to win to have any chance at all of clinching the crown on Sunday. It is, acknowledges Webber, going to be a thriller.

“That was a good day,” affirmed the 34-year-old New South Wales native. “We had an engine change in-between the two sessions, which was planned, but it was the usual suspects up at the front today and Fernando, Seb and I were pretty much on similar times.

“The car is close to what we had in Brazil – it's hard to develop a car which is pretty solid already. It feels a bit like we're in Bahrain here in terms of the engineers' office and in the car it feels like a normal weekend, but obviously there's a lot more at stake. That's the only thing that's changed, but you can't try any harder.”

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