Mark Webber has once again hit bad luck with a forced gearbox change ahead of Saturday’s free practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix.
The Australian has had a problem with this before, as recently as the German Grand Prix. It meant that he qualified behind his team mate and other rivals and ended up taking just 4 points from the weekend.
As Webber is Alonso’s closest challenger for the world championship lead, 40 points behind the Spaniard, he needs to keep the pressure on with regular big points scores. This is a serious set back and he will have to work hard to recoup his chance of a podium, against what looks a very competitive field this weekend in Belgium.
McLaren and Lotus are expected to be right there on pace once the track dries out, as it is expected to do on Saturday.