Webber: Alonso “the most complete single-seater driver in the world”

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Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has called Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso “the most complete single-seater driver in the world”, heaping praise on the Spaniard in a feature for Red Bull.

Webber was given the challenge of putting together his dream Formula 1 team for redbull.com, having driven for the brand between 2007 and 2013 before retiring at the end of last season.

He has since gone on to join Porsche in the FIA World Endurance Championship, racing for its LMP1 team, but is still in the F1 paddock from time to time when working as a pundit for British TV.

When asked to pick his drivers for his ‘dream team’, Webber was quick to praise Alonso.

“What a blend of experience and awesome talent,” the Australian said. “A man I’ve raced hard against in F3000 and F1, and another driver of exceptional ability that I co-manage.

“Fernando is the most complete single-seater driver in the world. He has amazing versatility and has proved himself over several sets of regulations. Considering how hard he races, he also produces the fewest mistakes by far.”

Alonso has won the Formula 1 world championship twice, going back-to-back in 2005 and 2006 with Renault. Since then, he has raced for both McLaren and Ferrari without meeting the same kind of success, although he has finished as runner-up on three occasions.

The Spaniard is expected to leave Ferrari at the end of the season, with McLaren the most probable destination, although he did today deny that he has been given a deadline by the British team to make a decision.

Interestingly, Webber picked GP2 driver Mitch Evans to be Alonso’s teammate, saying: “He’s had an exceptional junior career, is incredibly fast, Alonso-esque in racing situations and more capable than most to go toe-to-toe at the pointy end.”

This weekend’s race in Brazil marks a year since Webber’s retirement from F1 after finishing on the podium at Interlagos behind teammate Sebastian Vettel.

You can read all of Webber’s picks in the full article here.

Chase Sexton wins Triple Crown Anaheim 2 Supercross: Levi Kitchen unseats Jett Lawrence in 250s

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Chase Sexton won two of the three races in the Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Triple Crown and that was enough to overcome a fifth-place finish in Race 2 and give him the overall victory. It was the second Supercross win of his career.

“Super big night for me,” Sexton told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “After last weekend with that being a struggle, I just need to come out here and stop the bleeding a little bit and I did that tonight.”

Three riders entered the final race of the Triple Crown in a winner-take-all scenario. Sexton, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac each had a shot at victory. It raised the intensity level for all riders in an evening that featured a lot of comers and goers.

Jason Anderson took the early lead in Race 3, which set him up for the overall victory. Sexton stalked and passed him midway through the race and then a minor mistake late in the race allowed Webb to slip around too. Anderson’s 5-1-3 gave him second overall.

“I had a tough couple of rounds, getting off that Anaheim 1 crash and then last week weekend I fumbled a little bit, but I’m excited to get back on the box and start moving forward,” Anderson told Jason Thomas.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Ken Roczen was the model of consistency in the opening rounds and at Anaheim 2. With results of 2-3-4, he earned his second podium of the season and lands him fourth in the standings.

“This was hard earned,” Roczen said after the race. “I completely botched the start and then to have to work my way up. I only happen on the very last lap to step up here on the podium.”

The intensity of the race was a little too much for Tomac. While battling side-by-side with Webb in Race 3 at the one-third mark, Tomac jumped wide and crashed hard. He fell to 14th. He did some damage to his bike and advanced only one position in that race to 13th. His first two races, a third and second, were strong enough to give him sixth overall. He retains the points lead, but it has shrunk to a gap of only four over Sexton and Webb. Tomac’s race results were 3-2-13.

Malcolm Stewart injured late in the week and was not able to mount.


Levi Kitchen became the first rider to unseat Jett Lawrence in the Triple Crown format at Anaheim 2 and won the overall with consistency. In his three races, Kitchen finished 4-2-2 to narrowly edge the winner of the first two races.

“This whole day; this is unbelievable. I took a few good slams in practice and I was down on myself. The first moto I got a good start and got shuffled back, then I knew I just needed to be consistent.

Jett Lawrence saved his best for last.

He entered Race 3 of the Triple Crown three points behind Kitchen after suffering a pair of horrible races. In the first and second 250 races of the night, Lawrence hit the ground in both events, dropping to the final rider in the running order in Race 2 with an early fall. In both races, he was able to overcome his mistake and close the gap so that he had a chance to take his first Triple Crown win of his career.

Lawrence rode to third in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. In the final race of the night, Lawrence did all he could. He earned the holeshot, but when Kitchen fell in behind him, Lawrence’s fate was sealed. His 3-6-1 tied him in points with Stilez Robertson, but the tiebreaker goes to the final round and his win secured second-place.

“I can definitely say Triple Crowns are not my thing,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Will Christien. “We have one more to try and fix this, so hopefully we can get that done.”

Lawrence will move into the 450 class for the Lucas Oil Motocross outdoor season and his 250 record book will be closed.

Click here for full 250 West Main Results

The best news for Lawrence is the other riders entering this round in the top three had a worse night, so Lawrence leaves Anaheim with a 16-point gap on Cameron McAdoo and 17 over RJ Hampshire.

Roberston finished 6-1-3 to take the final step of the podium.

“Getting that win in the second Main meant a lot,” Roberston told Jason Thomas. “I wish I could have done a little better in the third one, but we’re still up here on the box.”

RJ Hampshire set himself up as the early favorite with his Race 1 win. In Race 2, it all fell apart. He fell in the sand section and damaged his bike, finishing last in that race. The final event of the night for the 250s provided only a 13th-place finish, leaving Hampshire deep in the points.

Cameron McAdoo hard crash in qualification, which was scary news for a team that has seen three of their riders sidelined with injury. McAdoo was never quite able to get his rhythm with an 8-7-5

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