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GP Week : Issue 74
commanding win at Interlagos. So could this work rate, effort and slick machinery mean this could actually be Webber's year? Can he build on the confidence gained through last year's victories, the stability of his team and what is clearly a quick car to become the outsider from Down Under and win the title? Webber himself knows that there is the chance to top the tables come the chequered flag at Abu Dhabi, but in characteristic (characteristic Webber and characteristic Australian) style, he won't countenance much consideration of joining the names of Brabham and Jones just yet. "It's by no means impossible," he told Australian newspaper The Sunday Age, "but we have some tough opposition. But by August we will know. It's such a long way to go, so it's silly to be talking world titles at the moment." But people are. Red Bull Racing are one of only two teams to start the year with the same line-up and engine as they finished last season (the other interestingly being sister squad Scuderia Toro Rosso) and have a real sense of purpose and continuity about their challenge. More is made about Vettel, but then he's at the other end of his career, a young driver who Mr Ecclestone is tipping for the world title. Which probably suits the Australian. Webber works diligently, but quietly on improving every aspect of his game, and while the pairing has on the outside little in common, they both possess that innate desire and drive. "We both work very hard, it's a very good team," said Webber "I wouldn't say Seb and me are the best of friends -- we are competitive individuals and that's the nature of the sport. I don't like getting beaten by him and he doesn't like getting beaten by me." Rather than be threatened by Germany, 2009, was Webber's race from the start -- despite a 'drive-through' for his first corner fracas with Massa, he had the pace to romp back to the lead and coast home for his first GP win. F1 FEATURE >> This is as close as Webber gets to alcohol until season-end ... his fitness regime is perhaps the toughest of all ... 29