Mosley Tips Mark Webber for 2010 F1 Title

Max Mosley, the former president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), is convinced that Australian driver Mark Webber has what it takes to become world champion at the end of the 2010 campaign. The 33-year old is currently leading the overall classification with 7 rounds to go, being also the winningest driver in 2010, with 4 wins in 12 races.

Although his rivals are pretty much breathing down his neck – Lewis Hamilton, teammate Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are all within 20 points behind the Australian – Webber is tipped to become world champion due to his maturity in racing.

He is very experienced and mentally strong. He has the makings of a champion. He has improved once again this year as a driver, and is in the best car. I also think the public likes his story – a man who fought for years and could now be rewarded for this admirable energy,” said Mosley in an interview with Germany's Welt newspaper.

Webber's racing career was on the brink of extinction during his days in F3 championship, when he ran out of funds and began packing for Australia (from England). As the story goes (Webber himself admitted it in an interview last year), he met Australian rugby legend David Campese in the airport and his career was soon revived. Campese borrowed Webber approximately GBP25,000 and the Aussie went on to continue pursuing his dream of becoming an F1 driver.

Last year, Webber recorded his first ever win in Formula One, joining Alan Jones and Sir Jack Brabham as the only grand prix-winning Australians in the history of the sport. Since then, he improved his winning record to 6, while also clinching 5 pole positions.

Webber recently hinted that he aims to give it his all for becoming world champion with Red Bull, before probably leaving the sport to become a mentor for young people.

For sure I want to go for the championship. I know that it changes people's lives, changes the person and I want to know how it feels,” said Webber in a recent interview with Brazil's weekly Esporte Espetacular.
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