Brabham: Webber has blown his real opportunity
29 October 2010 – Sir Jack Brabham regrettably fears that Mark Webber’s self-induced retirement from the Korean Grand Prix could signal the loss of any chance the Red Bull driver had of sealing a Formula 1 world title, as the Australian continues to fight younger drivers.
Webber carried a 14-point lead into the inaugural race at Yeongam although that margin soon became an 11-point deficit to Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who picked up his fifth victory of the campaign to move one ahead of the Queanbeyan man.
“It would mean a lot to me and it would mean a lot to Australia, but unfortunately I think his real opportunity has been blown last weekend,” 84-year-old Brabham, World Champion of 1959, 1960 and 1966 plus Australia’s first of two F1 title winners to date, explained to the AAP news agency.
“I'm really there behind him in the hope that he gets there, but if he doesn't do it this year I don't think he ever will; people like Alonso are young and Mark's getting a bit too old now, really.
“He can probably go one more year but every year that goes by now he's getting older and this is a young man's sport; he's racing against 21 or 22-year-olds and he's got the job in front of him.”