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Will Webber miss Vettel next year? “Probably not…”

Aug 5, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel

Mark Webber did not disguise the antipathy between him and team mate Sebastian Vettel when he appeared on BBC’s Top Gear yesterday.

Asked if he will miss Vettel when he leaves Formula One to join the World Endurance Championship next year, Webber said: “Probably not a huge amount, no.”

“I think in a competitive environment obviously there’s always going to be a bit of needle,” he added. “There’s a lot of history between us obviously that’s gone before.”

The pair had the latest in a series of rows in Malaysia this year when Vettel was ordered to hold position behind Webber at the end of the race but refused, and passed his team mate to take the win.

Webber has since announced he will leave F1 at the end of the season. “The time is right for me,” he said. “A bit of a break from what I’ve been doing for the last 14 years. I’m going to race with Porsche.”

He admitted Formula One today has become focused on tire preservation and, from next year, fuel conservation will be play a major role: “It is very different from how it used to be. But that’s the way it is, we’ve got to learn and get on with it and we’re supposed to be at the top of our game.”

“But you’ve got to be able to push. In Formula One it’s about us boys absolutely on the limit all the time. There’s a big regulation change next year, we’re going to have to save fuel.”

Webber also had another go at the series’ popular Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car challenge. Although he wasn’t able to beat Lewis Hamilton’s record lap of 1’42.9, he did beat Vettel with a time of 1’43.1.

  1. robisley - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Mark was always a true gentleman racer who told it like it is. I will miss him on the F1 grid. Too bad he wasn’t treated better while at RBR, with all the mechanical failures, startline issues, and botched pit stops.

    • scotiatom - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Yup. One of the few properly likeable guys in F1.

      • chaparral2f - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Yeah, as likeable as a toothache or migraine headache. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    • chaparral2f - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Yeah, quite the gentleman. Especially after his childish tactics at Brazil last year when he tried to stop Seb from passing and win the WDC. Quite the gentleman when he hoped that Alonso would win the WDC. And, he only has himself to blame for his bad starts and poor results. The guy has had trouble qualifying well and when he does, he is quickly overtaken by Hamilton and Alonso as well as Kimi. Will I miss him? Not at all. I cannot stand the guy as he stinks up the joint.

      • mh85 - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:10 AM

        “Stinking up the joint” with 9 F1 wins, two of which came at Monaco, is a lot better than being some sniveling keyboard warrior who probably manages a McDonald’s.

  2. ss2k8 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    He was a clown trying to dive bomb Vettel last year in Brazil while he’s trying to win a championship, offering zero support for his teammate. Him and his horrible starts won’t be missed.

    • mh85 - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:13 AM

      He’s a clown because he was trying to race? Then Vettel was a clown for what happened in Malaysia this season. Can’t have it both ways, man.

  3. apexassassin - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Will F1 or RBR miss Webber next year? Probably not!

    Webber was always outclassed at every team he drove for, I still can’t see why he was retained for so long… Barrichello could have easily done better.

    • mh85 - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:16 AM

      Will RBR, deep down, miss him? Probably not. Will F1 miss him? I think so. I certainly will. And I wouldn’t exactly say he was “outclassed” at Red Bull. If he had managed to win the title in 2010, he could’ve changed F1 history.

      • apexassassin - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        thats a huge “IF” there… he was totally outclased, just look at the results for every year he was in F1.

  4. mjrydsfast - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I was surprised they kept Mark as long as they did given the way Seb trounced him at most venues. I thought it was a strategy issue knowing Mark is fast enough to run a close second and block the other drivers for laps at a time, “taking one for the team” while Seb gets away. Webber’s won Monaco which is the equivalent of the Indy 500 or Daytona 500 to racers in the other two key American series so if you’re going to bow out without a title, at least you can say “I won the big one once” and maybe a few others. I doubt he’s got much room to complain, financially speaking. I keep wondering who Seb’s team mate will be now. I hope it’s another unknown and not some museum piece.

  5. hunter3203 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Don’t forget that Lewis Hamilton set his time on a return visit, not the single visit that everyone else set there time at.

    • kitnamania13 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Hamilton had to deal with a wet track that was also covered in oil on his first visit to Top Gear.

  6. hughmaniv - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Why would he miss that little prick? I’m surprised he hung around as long as he did considering their obvious bias to vettle. After the 2010 season it was obvious they weren’t going to give him a chance at a title, he’s just there to take points from other contenders.
    I wonder how Kimi will take being the #2? He’ll take the $$ right to the bank, but he won’t like it.

    • purplesectornet - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      This reads as if you think Vettel isn’t a deserving #1 driver…when clearly he is…

  7. purplesectornet - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Mark is a good guy but he did have a car capable of winning a drivers championship and he didn’t get it done…he is also wrong a out conserving fuel…fuel flow is limited by rule so the engineers will figure all that out on the back end there won;t be a need to short shift or whatever…

  8. bikingscr016 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I don’t see how some of you have formulated such negative opinions of him. Hard to say he won’t be missed when RBR let Vettel get away with all the crap he pulled.

    He’s a good guy and an even better driver. I’ll miss him and hopefully his replacement can put Seb in his place (…Kimi)

  9. kitnamania13 - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    It’s been on between these two ever since 2007 when Vettel shunted Webber behind the safety car at Fuji. The only difference is now that Webber doesn’t care anymore about pissing off the team, he’s starting to say what has been on his mind for the past 6 years.

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