Webber - Title talk premature
With seven races of the Formula One season remaining, world championship leader Mark Webber insists any title talk is premature.
Last Updated: 06/08/10 4:44pm
With seven races of the Formula One season remaining, world championship leader Mark Webber insists that any title talk is premature.
The Red Bull driver took a four-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings following his victory in last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, but the tight tussle that has developed this season means that Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel, world champion Jenson Button and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso all stand within 20 points of the Australian.
As many as 175 points remain on offer and given the twists and turns seen so far this season, Webber is refusing to look too far ahead.
"We are way too far out for that," the 33-year-old, who was tipped for the title by his former manager Flavio Briatore this week, told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"We've got a lot of people that can win races at this level and we have already seen that. The most important thing for me is the next race. That's a bit boring, it's an old cliche, but that's what it is.
"It's unrealistic to think I'm going to win the next seven."
Webber has, however, won four races this season - two more than any of his rivals - and did so in some style at the weekend after staying out on soft compound tyres much longer than the other frontrunners in Budapest.
Indeed, such was Webber's performance that he even managed to lap seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.
"You have got to get everything right in order to do that and the team have worked incredibly hard to get the car to where it is and obviously I'm pretty happy with my driving," he added.
"I'm sure Michael wasn't having one of his strongest days but he did a lot of that to me back in his day and it was nice to be able to do it (back to him). With someone of his calibre, it doesn't often happen."