Motor racing great Sir Jack Brabham has backed fellow Australian Mark Webber to "go all the way" and land this year's Formula One title after he cut Jenson Button's championship lead to just 18.5 points.
Brabham, 83, said Webber could snatch the title provided his Red Bull car stays reliable. Webber finished third in Hungary on Sunday, a fortnight after registering his first ever Formula One win at the German Grand Prix.
"I certainly believe that Mark Webber can go all the way and win the world championship - providing the car holds up," Brabham said.
"It's fantastic to see Webber up there, he's doing a great job."
Webber has played down his chances of pulling off a shock championship win with seven races to go in the 17-race season.
"I think it's a bit early for that," he said in Budapest.
Brabham, who took the title in 1959, 1960 and 1966, this week revealed he was spending three days a week in hospital for kidney dialysis.
He is Formula One's oldest surviving champion and the only man to win the series in a car of his own construction.
"You know, we've given Mark as much encouragement as we could as he's come along, and it's lovely to see him doing well," he said.