Jones says Webber title not probable
1980 World Champion Alan Jones believes fellow countryman Mark Webber is unlikely to win this year's title, but the Red Bull Racing driver will be one of the favorites for 2010. Webber ended a 130-race win-less streak on Sunday after a brilliant win at the German Grand Prix. He became the first Australian to win a race since Jones took victory in 1981, and Webber has now moved into third place in the standings, albeit 22.5 points behind Jenson Button.
Jones reckons Button's gap is comfortable enough to allow him to win the title, but he feels Webber will be able to carry his momentum into next year.
"While a championship this year isn't probable, as Jenson Button would have to make some pretty big mistakes and Webber string together quite a few wins for it to happen at this point, it will certainly set him up well for next year," Jones told The Age newspaper. "Brawn came out of the gates flying and because of that Button has a comfortable buffer but I can't see why Webber can't win a few more because the car is going really well at the moment."
Jones said Webber's victory was overdue.
"It's a fabulous result and a well deserved one," Jones said. "Mark's been putting in the hard yards, putting up with a lot of disappointment and bad luck and it's fantastic to see him put one together. I would have thought someone (from Australia) would have done it well before now, and it's disappointing that they haven't.
"I am sure it isn't going to be the last (by Webber), and it will give him a big confidence boost for the rest of the year."