Webber's 2009 title hopes are finished

Mark Webber’s spectacular exit from the Singapore Grand Prix ended the Australian’s challenge for the 2009 Drivers’ Championship. After his front brakes gave way, second overall in the standings is now the best the Red Bull man can achieve.

Having taken his maiden race victory at the Nürburgring this year, Mark Webber enjoyed being the nearest challenger to championship leader Jenson Button after the Hungarian Grand Prix but will now have to play No.2 driver to team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who can still mathematically clinch the title with three races to run.

"The lads were about to retire me when the brakes went, which was very disappointing," Mark explained to the BBC, before talking of an overtake from earlier in the race. "I can’t understand the decision to let Alonso back through – Kimi [Räikkönen] did something very similar at Spa and he received no warning."

Nonetheless, this has been an excellent season for the Aussie.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.