• Malaysian Grand Prix

Webber upbeat on title chances

ESPNF1 Staff
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'It doesn't spit, it pisses here' © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber is confident that his Red Bull Racing team can prove they are worthy championship contenders with a strong showing at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Red Bull has proven untouchable in qualifying, securing two dominant pole positions in Bahrain and Australia. But reliability issues have hampered the team's chances of converting its qualifying form into race wins leading many, including former world champion Niki Lauda, to write off their championship chances.

"There's 750 points left, I think," said Webber. "He's capable of giving his own opinion but the championship is not over this weekend, I don't think. It finishes in November. There's a long way to go.

"There's no reason we shouldn't be competitive, whether it's boring competitive we'll see. We know McLaren have a good top speed with the system they've got. That's why it was hard to race Lewis in Melbourne. But we are confident that our car is very competitive at all venues. Our car has passed all the regulations."

Even if the Red Bull does prove reliable in Malaysia, Webber knows only too well that certain other variables could come into play to derail his chances of a first race victory there.

"We know the rain here is massively unpredictable and it doesn't spit, it pisses here. We know that. So generally it is very hard to have a car race when it rains here. There have been grands prix here run in the past in those conditions. Last year obviously it was a shame it went dark. So we have a bit more time to suspend the race a bit longer."