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Nigel Mansell reckons Mark Webber remains the most likely to win the F1 2010 drivers’ title, even though the Aussie has now slipped down to second and behind Fernando Alonso after crashing out of the Korean Grand Prix last weekend.
Indeed while Webber is now 11 points adrift after his error in Yeongam, Mansell believes the 34-year-old has the mental strength to fight back and put this latest setback firmly behind him.
"I still think the title's there for Mark Webber to lose and I don't think he will,” said Mansell told British newspaper, The Sun. "There has been stuff going on within the team all year but he has demonstrated he is strong of character and strong of mind.
"Mark is a class act as he showed when he came back from that accident in Valencia. In years gone by anyone thrown through the air like that would have been hospitalised or dead.
"Then you think of the accident he had on a mountain bike, hitting the car head on and breaking his leg and yet he came back from that, too.
"Mark is not taking any risks. I have to commend him because he's been so professional by finishing and taking the points. Alonso is a brilliant driver but for me Ferrari lost focus by publicly demonstrating that their drivers basically don't get on," added the 1992 F1 World Champion.
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