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GP Week : Issue 101
F1 NEWS >> Fortune – and Bridgestone – smiles on Webber Bernie now thinks the Aussie can win ... ... but Lauda’s cash in still on Vettel MARK Webber emerged from Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix as the narrow favourite to secure his first world drivers’ championship after taking a competitive third place during the sport’s only night race, but even before he set foot on the grid he had already gained another supporter in his bid for the title. Although Bernie Ecclestone has long been championing youngster Sebastian Vettel for the 2010 title, speaking before the weekend’s action in Singapore, Ecclestone announced he had switched his allegiance to Australia’s Webber, who now holds an 11-point advantage with four rounds remaining. “I am a big fan of Sebastian Vettel,” he began by telling the local Express, “but Mark has done brilliantly well and, at his age, he is so hungry for it. He knows this might be the best chance of his career – maybe the only one – and that makes him very dangerous.” However, sticking to Vettel’s camp is triple world champion Niki Lauda: “From the title fight of five, at the end the battle is between Vettel and Webber,” the Austrian told Germany’s Bild. “ The Red Bull cars have the edge because they have the best overall package, they are technically the fastest. “Mark Webber is currently in a very good position, but Vettel demonstrated at Monza that he can stay cool and go for the risk. I think he can do it.” 7