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Webber all but concedes F1 championship

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Mark Webber: "Obviously the battle is between Sebastian (Vettel) and Fernando (Alonso)."

Mark Webber: "Obviously the battle is between Sebastian (Vettel) and Fernando (Alonso)." Photo: Getty Images

Mark Webber says his chances of winning this year's Formula One drivers' championship is "pretty much toast", with his sights now set on securing a third constructors title for his team.

Sitting in fourth spot and 73 points behind Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel, Webber will need to win Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit to remain any chance of taking out the 2012 championship.

But the 36-year-old isn't very optimistic.

"I think it's pretty much toast," he said.

"But, you know, I want to still finish the year with the best results possible.

"Obviously the battle is between Sebastian (Vettel) and Fernando (Alonso)."

A mere 13 points separate Vettel and Ferrari's Alonso on the ladder's top end, with Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen a further 54 points back in third.

Red Bull will not impose team orders on Webber, team boss Christian Horner saying they expect him to obey his best instincts as 'a team player'.

Another good result this weekend could wrap up the constructors championship for a third consecutive year with two rounds still remaining.

While Webber says he's excited about the prospect, the team is "superstitious" about talking it up too soon.

"The work that's gone in has been incredible because we were rocked a little bit early in the year," he said.

"I think if, when, how - touch wood - we do it at some stage in the next three races ... I think it would be probably our most rewarding team championship out of the three."

Webber says among the biggest challenges the team faces this weekend is the change in track conditions between Friday's practice sessions, Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race.

"I think that when we do our P1 and P3 the track temperature's very different to when we do the main sessions, which are the juicy ones," he said.

"Normally, the long-run data that we get, the information on the race tyres on Friday afternoon, is a very similar time to what we race on the Sunday afternoon.

"But you still have to be very careful of not reading too much into the earlier sessions."

AAP

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