Mark Webber has predicted that the second half of the 2012 season will see more new winners in Formula One.
Webber, who became only the second driver on the grid to record multiple grand prix victories this season at Silverstone, believes the order is no more predictable than at the beginning of the season.
“As we have seen seven different winners this year, it is open as ever,” the Australian told F1.com
. “I think consistency at all venues in all conditions - all the challenges drivers are always faced with - is probably more important this season. My prediction is that we will see more fresh winners this year. Not just the same winners. This is because the cars are said to be pretty even this year.
“There is not a single person in this paddock who can predict who's going to win this weekend. So all you can do is do your best. There have been people struggling for form and some people who have good form - and it's up to the people with good form to keep it, and for those a bit in the doldrums to come back. It is not like years gone by when you turned up with a McLaren or a Williams and go boom, boom, front row and disappear. It is not like that this year.”
Webber admitted that previous results, that have seen championship leader Fernando Alonso score in every race so far this season, make Ferrari strong contenders in Hockenheim this weekend.
The 35-year-old, who recently snubbed the Italian outfit to sign a one year extension at Red Bull, also believes McLaren are struggling to find their early season form but that the unpredictability of 2012 is set to continue.
“I think that the Ferrari has been a good car at the last couple of races - you also saw that with Felipe's (Massa's) performances,” he said. “Fernando, I think, has scored at every race and my guess is that the McLaren is a bit sensitive to some circuits at the moment. But this can change very quickly.”
by Dan Connor