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'Relaxed' Red Bull driver Mark Webber wants no regrets

Red Bull's Mark Webber

Webber focused on 'special challenge'

Red Bull's Mark Webber says he is staying relaxed despite the pressure of the title race but is determined to end the season with "no regrets".

Webber, 34, leads the drivers' world championship by five points going into this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix and is determined to take his opportunity.

"I have to put my best foot forward and give it everything I've got and have no real regrets," Webber told BBC Sport.

"It is a great opportunity for us and that is what we are aware of."

With five races left in the championship race, Australian Webber holds a slender five-point advantage over McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

In fact the first five drivers are separated by just 24 points, less than a race victory, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, McLaren's Jenson Button and Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel all in with a chance.

It's exciting, I'm amazed at how relaxed I am

Mark Webber

And Webber, who is contracted to Red Bull for next year, realises that he might not get such a good chance to be champion again.

"I would like to be 24 and have this opportunity again but I'm not," he said in an interview that will be broadcast during the BBC F1 coverage this weekend.

"It is a great opportunity for us and that is what we are aware of. That is very important to us but let's not get ahead of ourselves it's not here yet."

It is the first time in eight years of Formula 1 racing that Webber has been the man to catch at this stage of the season.

But despite being new to the experience, he says he has surprised himself with how he has handled the pressure.

"It's exciting, I'm amazed at how relaxed I am," Webber said.

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"I'm very much at ease with what I'm about to go and do.

"You need to be very, very careful, if you get too wound up, thinking 'oh I need to do this race, or do this one like that, you can just forget it."

He added: "There have been some good highs but you have to keep it level because you know there might be a low round the corner. I'm very much at ease with what I'm about to go and do.

"I know what I have to do - and if I can win as many races as I can in the close of the season I'm sure that makes it much much harder for the other guys to close the gap. Non-finishes kill us we know that but I will keep chipping away."

Webber says he is unconcerned about the chasing pack and is staying focused on his job.

"There's a few still in it at the moment and it might change a little bit," he said.

"Three (contenders) is really no different to five or six you just have to go there and do the same sort of job.

"There's no point getting panicked and stressed about things that aren't really there. You just have to do your best driving and work hard with the team."

This season is widely regarded as one of the best for years and the intensity of the fight is increased by the fact that so many world-class drivers are in contention.

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"At the moment I think the fans have a sensational championship to watch," Webber said.

"A new young team that have never won a championship (Red Bull), a couple of world champions in Lewis and Jenson and a double word champion with Fernando, some good quality teams - what could be better?"

"We're all (his competitors) pushing each other very, very hard.

"There is a bit of smoke and mirrors in the press but that's just part of the fun I suppose and the talking generally will be done on the track."

Watch Mark Webber's interview in the build-up to Singapore Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday 23 September. The programme starts at 1400 BST



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