Mark Webber thinks it would be "suicidal" for him to say he thinks he will win the World Championship this year, saying his target is simply to win more races.
With Red Bull Racing's new RB6 appearing to be one of the quickest cars on the grid, even though there are doubts about its ultimate long-run pace, Webber has high hopes for his chances for this season. However, he has joined rival drivers in thinking that the competition is so tight this year that being too confident about success would be a mistake.
"Don't expect me to say I'll win the title this year – that would be suicidal," Webber told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I aim to win more grands prix than I did last year. Let's say we have a great opportunity to do something special."
Speaking about his feelings on the RB6, Webber said: "With limited fuel on board it's super quick. The tires have gone a step backward for lack of competition, the lap times have increased, but the aerodynamics are amazing. Anyway, it's early to say. It will be a very close championship to the end, and it will be very spectacular, I guarantee."
Webber also expressed his annoyance at the situation surrounding new teams in F1, and thinks the sport would be better off entertaining fans for the right reasons rather than getting fresh blood on the grid.
"It's embarrassing. It's incredible that people who haven't yet turned a wheel take part in grands prix. It's the sort of stuff from Mickey Mouse, or Tom and Jerry. It would make more sense to field Valentino Rossi with his bike on the grid," Webber said. "He [Rossi] is great – F1 needs a character like him. For my first victory of 2010, I will do something for the fans. It won't be as brilliant as Rossi-style, but enough to thank them."