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Last Updated: Friday, 4 August 2006, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Williams sad to see Webber leave
Mark Webber
Webber is confident he has options elsewhere in Formula One
Frank Williams has expressed sadness at seeing Mark Webber leave his team.

Webber is expected to join either Renault or Red Bull next season after Williams decided not take up an option to sign the Australian for 2007.

Williams said he completely understood Webber's desire to hold out for a move to another top team.

"He is a very good driver. If he gets the opportunity I feel he will make a lot of it, I would recommend him to anybody," said Williams.

Webber is managed by Renault team boss Flavio Briatore and is rumoured to be the favourite to replace reigning world champion Fernando Alonso at the French team.

"(Webber) is a straight guy - he doesn't come with fancy ideas about himself. He tells it how it is. He is a man's man," said Williams.

The 29-year-old joined Williams in 2005 and has impressed despite driving an under-performing car.

"Mark recognised that we were trying to do our best with what we could, but it didn't work out. It may suddenly come good, who knows?" Williams added.

"I understand what the opportunity is. And anyone would do whatever it took to get that opportunity. He has a realistic good chance of getting it and I sincerely hope it falls into his lap."

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