Webber bemoans revamp

Bet on Formula OneRed Bull ace Mark Webber, who is a 6/1 shot to win the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship in 2012, admits the thrill of racing at Hockenheim has been diminished for him on the new track configuration.

The global motorsport roadshow heads to Germany this weekend for the 10th grand prix of this year’s calendar and Aussie ace Webber goes into it off the back of his win at Silverstone last time out.

The 35-year-old, who recently extended his deal with Red Bull until the end of next season, is currently second in the standings behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (7/4 to win the World Drivers’ Championship), with team-mate and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel (9/4) breathing down his neck in third spot.

However, Webber says he is not as excited by the German Grand Prix these days after Hockenheim was reduced to 2.8 miles in length, with the forest sections taken out of the circuit.

He told his website: “The race is at Hockenheim this year and, to be honest, I much prefer the Nurburgring.

“The old Hockenheim was a really cracking circuit; it was a flat-out blast through the forest and every time I brake for Turn 2 on the new track I wish we continued in a straight line, on the route of the old circuit.

“There are a couple of overtaking places on the current track, particularly into the hairpin at the end of the back straight. But it’s not that thrilling to drive and it’s not even that technical.”

Hockenheim was revamped in order to allow more views of the cars from the grandstands in the stadium sections.

Webber can be backed at 6/1 to take the chequered flag in Germany on Sunday afternoon.

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