Former world champions Jack Brabham and Alan Jones have tipped fellow countryman Mark Webber to go on and win this year's title judging by his form in winning the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix.
Webber has moved to the head of the title standings following his back-to-back successes, and Brabham and Jones both think the form of the Red Bull Racing driver put him on course to grab the title.
"Mark can win the World Championship, I have no doubt about that,'' Brabham told the Sydney Morning Herald. "It's a great day for Mark and Australia. It's a prestigious race, the hardest and most difficult race in the world and he did not put a foot wrong. I watched all the way through and he was very, very good.
''He is ahead on the World Championship now and he deserves to win it. It would be a tremendous thing for Australia and for him. He has all my support and good wishes. I'm proud of him. An Australian winning the World Championship again would be one of the greatest things I could imagine happening. When you win at Monaco, you can win the World Championship. I hope he can do it and I think he will.''
Brabham's views have been backed by Australia's other former champion Jones, who sees Webber constantly improving.
"I think it was fantastic – he whacked it on pole, he did a very good start, he withstood pressure several times on the restart, which is always nerve-wracking as you are always expecting the guy in second to jump you – so I think he did very well indeed," the 1980 World Champ told the Australian paper. "He's just getting better and better. His confidence is building and building, and beating Vettel off the line on two occasions will do him no harm at all."