Australian Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber has revealed that he is hoping that Lewis Hamilton can recapture his old form and become a world championship rival once again. Lewis had quite a controversial season last year but Mark hopes that he has put that behind him and is ready to get back in the title hunt.
Webber explained, "He was involved in more incidents than he would have liked but he's clearly gifted behind the wheel. It's normal for a sportsman or woman to go through some headwinds in their career - particularly someone like him who had so much success so early, and he's black, and he's got interest, and he's got a girlfriend of profile. This is of interest to a lot of people and it needs managing."
He added, "Let's hope he's strong but not too strong. As a competitor you hope he can realise his potential but clearly we still want to beat him." We have some tough rivals. Everyone is excited about the possibility Red Bull may get beaten - that's what people probably would like. We are a straight up and down outfit.”
Mark continued, “Even when you have an Adrian Newey [their lauded design chief], there are so many ways you can find yourselves in a position to screw opportunities up and we haven't done that. That's what we need to keep doing." The first race of the 2012 Formula One World Championship is set to take place in Melbourne, Australia on March 18.