Mark's a future champ

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  • Tuesday, 13 May 2003

LAUNCESTON (Australia): Australia's Mark Webber has the potential to become a world champion with Jaguar, former Formula One television commentator Murray Walker said yesterday. 

The 26-year-old Webber announced last week he was contracted to Jaguar until the end of 2005. 

“I was delighted to hear recently that Mark had decided to extend his agreement with Jaguar for another couple of years,” Walker said. 

“Webber has brought a leadership presence to Jaguar after some personality problems in the team. 

“I sincerely believe that the combination of Mark and Jaguar can go all the way, which would be tremendous for Formula One and obviously for Australia.” 

Webber joined Ford-owned Jaguar this season after ending 2002 as Rookie of the Year with Minardi.  

He scored points on his Grand Prix debut last year with a memorable fifth place in Melbourne. 

This season he scored the team's first points of the year with a seventh place finish in Spain. 

n MADRID: Formula One driver Fernando Alonso thrilled about 75,000 cheering fans by hurling his car along the main street of Madrid at speeds of over 200kph on Sunday. 

The 21-year-old Renault driver, who had a second-place finish at last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, completed five scorching laps of a course along Madrid's La Castellana avenue. 

The street, normally choked with slow-moving traffic, was lined by cheering fans, many chanting the name of the young driver who has shot to fame in his home country. 

“I have given a little push to Formula One here in Spain,” the man the Spanish media have dubbed “Super Alonso” said. 

Alonso's performance last week made him the first Spaniard to score points in his home GP. 

n NICE: Colombian Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya has had his driving licence confiscated for speeding, French police said yesterday. 

The Williams driver was caught driving at 204 kph in his BMW on a motorway between Le Muy and Frejus, on the French Riviera. 

Chased by motorcycle policemen, he had his licence confiscated on the spot. Montoya, who lives in Monte Carlo, faces a heavy fine as speeds are limited to 130kph on French motorways. – Reuters 

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