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Webber certain of title chance

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber: "I do believe I can have a crack at the championship again this year as I have done in previous seasons" © Red Bull Racing

Mark Webber says he is certain that he will receive "100% support" from Red Bull in his attempts to win the drivers' championship.

Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel has taken the last three championships, with Webber at times questioning whether both drivers are receiving equal treatment from the team. However, despite Helmut Marko's comments that Webber is number two within the team, when speaking at the launch of the new RB9 Webber said he is sure he has every chance to challenge for the title in 2013.

"Yes I do believe I can have a crack at the championship again this year as I have done in previous seasons," Webber said. "That's my goal and that's what I'm getting up each day thinking about and working hard with the team on doing that. They know that I need 100% support; you can't fight for the championships with 90%, you need 100%, and that's what we're going in to 2013 with this in place and I'm comfortable with that."

Team principal Christian Horner also said that Webber would receive every chance to go for the championship and said Marko's comments were his own opinion.

"As we know, Helmut can be outspoken at times and certainly his comments reflected his opinion and sometimes things can be misinterpreted as well, but if we weren't happy with Mark we wouldn't have signed him to be with the team for this year. We're very happy with Mark and we give both drivers equal opportunity and it's ultimately down to what they do on the circuit. Certainly within the team that very much is the opinion and the approach and we will continue to do that.

"For us it doesn't matter which driver wins as long as it's a driver in one of these cars and both of these guys are here because we believe that they're the best and because we want them in the team. Obviously as a team we'll do the very best that we can to support both drivers."