Webber refusing to rest on laurels

MARK WEBBER has no intention of committing Formula One suicide and taking his foot off the gas this weekend.

With five races remaining there is no margin for error amongst the five title contenders who are separated by just 24 points ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

In Italy 11 days ago Lewis Hamilton adopted what appeared to be an overly-aggressive approach that cost him his championship lead to Webber as the 25-year-old crashed out on the opening lap.

Hamilton demonstrated there is a fine line between going for broke and playing it safe, one he, Webber and the other three title hopefuls in Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel must tread.

From Webber’s personal perspective, the Australian knows he cannot afford to rest on any laurels and pick up comfortable points, and at the same time hope his rivals endure difficulties.

“I’m not treating this like a normal race, but I’m not far off it,” said Webber.

“We know non-finishes are not part of the menu, so we need to make sure we don’t do that and I need to keep scoring. It’s absolutely as boring as anything but that’s what it is about, getting as many points as I can, to keep chipping away.

“Winning makes a difference and that’s what our goal is, to try and do that here. It’s completely suicidal to sit back and say ‘okay, I can pick up fifth and sixth.’ That’s not good enough.

“We know in Monza, those kind of races, well particularly the race I had (finishing sixth,) wasn’t what we want to do for the rest of the year. We’re looking forward to some podiums in the future, and that’s what we need to do at this stage to stay massively in the hunt.

“Right now I’m in a nice position, and I’d certainly rather have the points I’ve got than not. But whether there are two, five or eight guys in the hunt, it does not really change your role or how you go about your job. I am coming here to try and win the race, and that’s what we are going to try and do.”

Webber will be hoping that being more competitive will lead to him at least finishing this race as he has failed to do so in the two so far in Singapore due to a transmission issue and brake failure.

But with a positive attitude, Webber said: “Brazil was a rubbish track for me in the past and I won there last year. I am ticking a few boxes off, so I hope to do well this weekend.”


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