Salo: Webber will win the Formula One title

Mika Salo and Andrew Thompson

Bundaberg Red Racing's Mika Salo and Andrew Thompson at yesterday driver's luncheon

V8 Supercars guest international driver Mika Salo is tipping Mark Webber to win this year’s Formula One world title.

Salo, 43, made 109 Formula One starts, scoring two podium results. He will drive with Andrew Thompson in the #10 Bundaberg Red Racing Commodore VE at the Surfers Paraidse street track this weekend.

The F1 veteran says that Australian Red Bull Racing driver Webber has been nearly flawless this year and deserves to take the sport’s ultimate prize.

“I think Mark will do it. I think he’ll win,” Salo told

“Mark has done a good job this year. He’s not trying anything stupid – his only stupid mistake was Valencia, but all of the others, he has been excellent.

“He doesn’t have to win, he can just finish well and manage the points and he will win. He’s been thinking very clever this year.”

Mika Salo in the Bundaberg Red Racing Commodore at Queensland Raceway

Mika Salo in the Bundaberg Red Racing Commodore at Queensland Raceway on Wednesday

Webber currently holds a 14-point advantage over Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with just three rounds remaining – including this weekend’s event at the new Korean International Circuit.

Salo, who drove for Lotus, Tyrrell, Arrows, British American Racing, Ferrari, Sauber and Toyota in Formula One, says the new points system this year has spiced up the championship.

“It’s very interesting this point scoring system. I think it keeps the title alive longer, and I really like it,” he said.

“But Mark really deserves it this year. He has been there long enough.”

The V8 Supercars will be on track for the first time today, starting with practice at 10.15am.

The inaugural Korean Grand Prix also starts today with two practice sessions.

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