Häkkinen: Webber has come along by leaps and bounds



Mika Häkkinen may have hung up his F1 racing helmet in 2001, but the two-time world champion is still an avid follower of the series. The Finn is particularly intrigued by the current situation in the title chase: "The last three years in Formula One have been thrilling, but this season beats the lot. It's simply unbelievable that you've still got so many drivers in with a chance of the title at this stage. It's great for the sport."

Mark Webber in particular has impressed Häkkinen with his performance: "Webber has done a great job in 2010. He has come along by leaps and bounds, and he's also got the right mentality. There has definitely been a very positive turnaround here."
Although the Australian currently tops the table, Häkkinen won't be drawn into predicting the championship outcome: "There are three races to go, and Vettel won't be a pushover. He's a young man who is pumped up for the challenge and will keep pushing to the limit."

The ex-McLaren Mercedes driver sees parallels between Vettel and his own former rival Michael Schumacher: "Vettel is not afraid to go over the limit, just like Schumacher in those days. But you always have to be aware that mistakes can happen when you go over the limit. These can then have painful consequences, but I also preferred to be up against the limit rather than below it. So I can understand their mentality."
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