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Webber: Leaving without any regrets

Jun 27, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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The worst thing for any sportsman to do is retire bearing regret or with a black cloud over their head. Many see Michael Schumacher’s ‘comeback’ as being a mistake, whilst the likes of Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher saw their careers end in a rather muted manner. However, for Mark Webber, his retirement will be one where he has no regrets lingering from his eleven-year career.

When asked in the FIA press conference whether or not he had any regrets, Webber said: “No, no I don’t think so.

“At this level, you’re always open to some adversity here and there and challenges, that’s how this sport is, any top flight sport is going to be snapshots of different things which you could probably have done better here and there, but there’s no career which is like this. You’re going to have ups and downs and getting off the canvas is part of the rules, so I’ve been very fortunate to have some very very special memories for sure.”

Webber has finished 3rd in the drivers’ championship twice (2010 and 2011), as well as winning three constructors’ titles in a row with Red Bull. However, the Australian driver is still keen on adding to his raft of memories from his time in F1.

“I’m looking back with very fond memories and I’ve still got races to go obviously this year so still looking to add to those great memories and helping Red Bull still achieve very very good results.”

Webber will see out his contract with the team, with his final race being the Brazilian Grand Prix in November. Although this rumor has been circulating for some time, NBC Sports’ Will Buxton suggested on Twitter that Webber’s decision had been made before the beginning of the season.

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    It’s a crime the way Red Bull has abused Webber the past several seasons. They are definitely evil. Hopefully Webber will find a good home at Porsche who is likely to return to endurance racing in fine fashion.

    • apexassassin - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Couldn’t disagree more. Webber had every chance to prove his worth and utterly failed.. and then failed even worse with his anti-Vettel tactics, esp at the end of last year when the title was up fpr grabs.

      I for one am glad to see him go. There are plenty of other whiner-drivers to cry about the rain and beg for a red flag.

      The writing has been on the wall since April and now we wait for the announcement.

  2. purplesectornet - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Gotta be quicker than your team mate in F1…it is the name of the game.

  3. techmeister1 - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    It would be really great if Webber could leave on a positive note after the rape job he’s experienced at RBR. Perhaps he could ram a 4 x 4 up Horner and Marko’s butt as a parting gift? That would do a lot of good and serve as a reminder that what goes around usually comes around.

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