Mike Stevens | Sep 3, 2009

RED BULL'S MARK WEBBER believes the fight for the World Championship will go down to the final race of the season at Abu Dhabi in November.

With five races remaining, current leader Jenson Button holds a 16 point advantage over team-mate Rubens Barrichello, while Sebastian Vettel and Webber sit a further 3 and 1.5 points behind respectively.

After winning six of the opening seven races of the season, Button’s challenge for the title has spiralled dangerously out of control as the Briton has failed to reach the podium since his victory in Turkey.

However, despite the form slump, none of his rivals have been able to capitalise and seriously erode Button’s hefty championship lead, with Barrichello, Webber and Vettel each failing to maintain a consistent run for the title.

Webber though believes the championship race is wide open, saying the next two events at Monza and Singapore could ultimately determine the outcome of the 2009 championship.

"I'm sure the next two races will be very interesting in terms of where the championship goes. Monza and Singapore are both pretty slow-speed circuits, in terms of corners,” he wrote in his regular BBC column. “And Monza has its notoriously fast straights - you don't need much driving talent on those.

“I really believe the championship race will go down to the wire. Jenson needs to have an 11 point lead at Brazil for that not to happen. And that doesn't look likely at the moment,” he said.

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After breaking through for victory at the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, Webber was expected to utilise the momentum and launch a late charge for the World Championship.

This prompted betting agencies around the globe to elevate the 32-year-old to clear second favourite behind Button.

But while consecutive non-point scoring finishes at Spa and Valencia appear to have scuppered his quest for motor racing immortality, Webber said the recent form downturn hasn’t affected his state of mind.

“I'm not feeling any pressure. And I think that's been reflected in my driving. I've been happy with the minimal mistakes that have been there. I've been solid on Sunday afternoon all the time and that's helped me to get where I am this year,” he said.

“I'm going to have a bit of a rest now in the aftermath of Spa. I'm off to the San Marino Moto GP at the weekend for Red Bull and am looking forward to that.

“Then I'll get ready for Monza. I wish it was this weekend, which is always the case when you've just had a rough grand prix. Two weeks is too long. So I'm already looking forward to the first session at Monza.”

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