Friday, September 24, 2010

'Relaxed' Webber: I want to have no regrets

http://motogp-f1-races.blogspot.comF1 2010 World Championship leader Mark Webber has insisted that he is 'at ease' with himself and 'amazed at how relaxed I am' on the eve of a race that has been tipped to offer a genuine insight into the likely destiny of this year's drivers' crown – adding that whatever happens come season's end, he wants to have 'no real regrets'.

Webber has arrived in the Far-Eastern city-state of Singapore for the third edition of the popular night race around the streets of Marina Bay with a slender five-point margin atop the standings over McLaren-Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton, and with double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso, Hamilton's team-mate and defending title-winner Jenson Button and his own Red Bull Racing team-mate – and bitter sparring partner – Sebastian Vettel all similarly well within striking-distance.

With a mere 24 points blanketing the crown-chasing quintet and 125 left up for grabs over the final five grands prix, it really is anybody's game – and whilst he might not have the prior experience of a title showdown unlike Hamilton, Alonso and Button, what Webber does have is a calm, cool, measured approach that could just pay dividends by the time the F1 circus reaches Abu Dhabi in mid-November.

The Australian acknowledges that he is not immune to the pressure of being the hunted – just as his pursuers are not immune to the pressure of having to try and chase him down and overhaul him – but he is confident of being able to manage that pressure, despite finding himself in an advantageous position for the first time during his nine-year career at the highest level, a situation that he acknowledges is 'uncharted territory' for both himself and Red Bull


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