Briatore Gives Webber Backing
Former Renault Formula One Boss, Flavio Briatore, has backed Red Bull's Mark Webber to stay atop of the Drivers Championship till the end of the season and claim his first ever Formula One World Title.
Webber has been racing Formula One cars since 2002 and has progressed gradually, impressing many with his ability and style, his major breakthrough though, the season in which he joined the Sport's real elite, came last season when he won his first two races and finished the season in fourth place.
This season, with many feeling that Red Bull have the best machine on the grid, Webber has performed even better.
This is not to say that his season so far has been straightforward.
Webber has had his fair share of controversy his year, notably his collision with team mate Sebastian Vettel in the Turkish Grand Prix, an incident that cost the team a one two finish in the race and one that both blamed on each other.
Webber took the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend and impressed greatly in doing so.
Former mentor Briatore praised the Australian for his imagination and racing ability and said that he thinks his former man can go all the way.
"Watch out, Webber is on his way to win the title: what he has done in Hungary on Sunday was phenomenal," Briatore told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"But I'm not tipping Webber just because he is one of my drivers, I only state what everyone has seen from home.
"Mark is a driver capable of exceptional feats. He has now reached a maturity and inner calmness that can take him really far.
"In Hungary he was the first one understanding that he could take a risk in running for three-quarter distance on the soft tyres he had at the start.
"That was the winning move, but it also demonstrated how much he uses his brain, unlike many others."
Webber is 3/1 with bodog to win the World Title, with Coral and William Hill offering 5/2 and 9/4 respectively.