Alonso to be ‘class’ of 2007 – Webber

Fri, 3 November 2006, 08:54

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.


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