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Webber has blown title chances, says Brabham

ESPNF1 Staff
October 29, 2010 « Alonso staying focused | »
Jack Brabham admits to being a big fan of Mark Webber © Getty Images

Mark Webber has blown his chance of becoming Australia's first Formula One world champion since Alan Jones back in 1980 according to the country's most famous driver, Jack Brabham.

Webber had the destiny of the title in his own hands going into the Korean Grand Prix but the pressure appeared to take its toll as the Red Bull driver crashed out of the race. According to Brabham, the mistake has cost Webber his only chance of lifting the title.

"It would mean a lot to me and it would mean a lot to Australia, but unfortunately I think his real opportunity has been blown last weekend," Brabham told the AAP news agency. "I'm really there behind him in the hope that he gets there but if he doesn't do it this year, I don't think he ever will."

Brabham, who won three drivers' titles in 1959, 1960 and in 1966 with his own team, admits to being a big fan of Webber but says time is not now on his side against the likes of Fernando Alonso and his own team-mate, Sebastian Vettel.

"People like Alonso are young and Mark's getting a bit too old really now. He can probably go one more year but every year that goes by now he's getting older and this is a young man's sport. He's racing against 21-year-olds or 22-year-olds and he's got the job in front of him."

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