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Mark Webber eyes F1 title boost in inaugural Korean GP

Korean Grand Prix, Yeongam, 22-24 October
Qualifying: 0500-0730 on BBC TV, Red Button, online and 5 live sports extra
Race: 0600-0915 on BBC One, Red Button, online and Radio 5 live

Mark Webber (left) and Sebastian Vettel.
Webber (left) has team-mate Vettel breathing down his neck

Mark Webber believes the inaugural Korean Grand Prix could give him the win which will edge him towards his first Formula 1 drivers' championship.

Webber leads the standings by 14 points from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel as F1 steps into the unknown at Yeongam.

"We all have to go there, see the track and get on with the job - it's the same for everyone," said the Australian.

"I need to win again and, of course, I am very confident I can do that."

Webber reiterated that, with three races to go - and following the introduction this season of 25 points for a win - it is too early to back off and play the percentages.

The 34-year-old, who finished second behind Vettel at last Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, said: "No, I can't think like that. It won't be enough. I need to keep racing hard and going for victories.


"Clearly, if my rivals have a rough weekend it makes it a bit harder for them and it gives me a bit more scope, but I'm not looking to abuse that because it can all go pear-shaped very fast.

"Having a lead is great, but it only counts when you get to the last race and we haven't got there yet, have we?"

After construction delays at Yeongam, the Korean race finally got the go-ahead on 12 October after an inspection by FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting, adding to the uncertainty surrounding next Sunday's likely outcome.

Webber added of the championship race: "I may be in the lead, by a few points, but I don't think I am the favourite.

"I think we're all pretty even. It can change pretty quickly. It's on a knife edge, but I'm very relaxed. It's another race for me.

"I'll give nothing [away], leave no change on the table and do the best I can. The points will look after themselves.

"I just have to stay consistent and keep my head down. Reliability could still play a major role in the outcome. A lot of things can happen."

After Korea, the F1 circus flies off to Brazil, followed by the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

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10 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
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