Some in F1 rate Australian Mark Webber very highly, others aren't so sure. Regardless, the Red Bull driver is out to prove a point. By STEVE COOPER
Talk to some in the Formula 1 paddock and they will wax lyrical about Mark Webber. Not only is he one of the most frank, open and likeable drivers in the paddock, they'll say, he's also one of its unsung heroes - as fast as they come but just lacking the car with which to prove it. Talk to others, however, and they'll promptly dismiss the Australian: he's been in F1 for too long and achieved too little for me to ever believe in him, goes the cynical line.
And it's difficult to concede a middle ground between those two polar opinions - you're either with him or against him. Thing is, when his machinery too often fails to provide him with the necessary results, it's difficult for the Australian's supporters to convince the doubters.