Webber considers himself to be as good as many champions

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Mark Webber believes that he is just as good as many drivers who have won a Formula One world championship despite never managing the feat himself.

The Australian driver is entering the final three races of his Formula One career as he prepares to move to Porsche’s Le Mans programme in 2014. However, he made clear that he has few regrets from his time in the sport, and that his achievements with Red Bull give him a career to be proud of.

“I think that I did my absolute best at the time,” Webber said. “I never ever would have thought that I would have had a grand prix career of 215 races and forty podiums and some special victories, and lots of good highlights. But you always want more, it’s human nature.

“Obviously you’re measured maybe on championships. Do I see myself in the same calibre as some of the single world champions? Of course I do. I’m still very proud of what I’ve achieved. Am I multiple world champion? Probably not, but I still believe its been a very proud and honest career for myself.”

Webber came close to winning the drivers’ championship back in 2010, losing out to teammate Sebastian Vettel at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi. Both drivers will return to the Yas Marina circuit this weekend in what will be Webber’s final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and he will be keen on claiming his tenth career victory in order to sign off in style.

Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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