Mark Webber has disputed former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan’s claim this week that Fernando Alonso faces a championship drought after switching to McLaren.
The Australian driver, in Tasmania for his multi-sports ‘Mark Webber Challenge’ event, reckons all 25-year-old Alonso needs is a ‘good car’ from Ron Dennis’ UK based team.
“He’s the class of the field at the moment, there’s no-one who can compete with him consistently,” 30-year-old Webber, on the verge of a similar switch from Williams to the Red Bull camp, told Melbourne newspaper The Age.
Webber suggested that the arrival of a double world champion at McLaren, after the team failed to win a single grand prix in 2006, will give them ‘a lift’.
He said: “McLaren have been looking for a bit of direction for a while now and I think Fernando can give it to them.”
Webber added that he thought Alonso’s McLaren predecessor, Kimi Raikkonen, would be his contender for the drivers’ crown in 2007.