F1 bosses tip Alonso and Webber for title

Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso are being tipped to take the 2010 F1 World Championship title

Aug.6 (GMM) Gian Carlo Minardi has backed Fernando Alonso or possibly Mark Webber to win the 2010 world championship. Both drivers go their break driving for the Minardi F1 team early on in their careers.

2002 Minardi signing Mark Webber (AUS) sits in the cockpit of the PS02 with an Australian beauty. Melbourne, Australia, 24 February 2002. DIGITAL IMAGE

Mark Webber drove for Minardi in 2002

After a recent slump for the Ferrari team, the Spaniard’s title challenge bounced back into life at Hockenheim and the Hungaroring with a healthy 43 points haul.

And team president Luca di Montezemolo is quoted by Tuttosport: “The next two races on fast circuits (Spa and Monza) should be good for us.”

But while Flavio Briatore manages both Alonso and the current championship leader Mark Webber, he is tipping the Australian driver to win.

“Mark is a driver capable of exceptional feats. He has now reached a maturity and inner calmness that can take him really far,” the Italian is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

New Minardi team mates Tarso Marques (left) and Fernando Alonso (right) pose with the new European Minardi PS01. Australian Grand Prix Melbourne, Australia 2nd-4th March 2001  This is a digital file.

Fernando Alonso drove for Minardi in 2001

And Renault’s new team boss Eric Boullier has also been quoted in the media as criticising Alonso’s lack of motivation last year, earning a strong rebuke in the Spanish sports newspaper AS.

“I had wondered whether the statements of Eric Boullier even deserved a mention,” said columnist Raul Romojaro. “It’s too bad he had nothing better to do: like find some solutions to their own problems,” he added.

Minardi, the founder of Alonso’s first F1 employer in 2001, said he believes in the double world champion’s 2010 challenge.

“He has an added value and is a driver who can impose his personality on the technical staff, who know he always gives 100 per cent, and the rest comes from the development of the car,” said the Italian. “And in this highly competitive championship, the mismanagement at Red Bull could be decisive,” added Minardi.

He also rates Webber, who is another former Minardi driver: “He is a great and undervalued driver, but Red Bull are inexperienced at managing two top-level drivers.”