LONDON -- Jaguar must raise its game
immediately if the team hopes to retain Australian Mark Webber next
season, says three times Formula One world champion Jackie
"If they were to have a very good rest of May, June and July
they could, but they will have to do that," the Scot told
Reuters when asked whether the Ford-owned team could hang on to
Webber has scored Jaguar's only point of the year so far,
despite qualifying on the front row in Malaysia, and is widely
considered to be top of Williams' list to replace Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya for 2005.
He finished 12th in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix. There are
seven races to come before the end of July.
The Australian is under contract to Jaguar next year,
although that is sure to be subject to performance clauses, but
his manager and Renault team boss Flavio Briatore also has an
option on him.
"I think he's one of the best five drivers in the world
right now in Formula One," said Stewart, who sold his eponymous
team to Ford in 1999 and is a non-executive board director of
"Most of those drivers ... have got immense gifts of natural,
God-given talent and they just drive so fantastically well,"
"But there's not that many of them who have got a head that
goes with it. The mind management that he (Webber) has is
probably his greatest asset."
Former champion Alan Jones, the Australian who won his title
with Williams in 1980, told Australia's AAP news agency on
Tuesday that Webber should leave Jaguar.
"I'd like to see him in a Williams or a Renault," he said.
"Unless Jaguar has something up its sleeve, he should be out of
there at 100 mph if he is given the chance."