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Webber “not enjoying it as much” as F1 exit nears

Oct 30, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Mark Webber says his enthusiasm for F1 has begun to wane as he nears the end of his 12th and final season in Formula One.

“You probably find little things that convince yourself that you’re not enjoying it as much as you were,” he told Sky in an interview.

Webber has never made any secret of the fact he dislikes the direction Formula One has gone in by adopting tires which wear out quickly.

“Little did I know what we were in for, probably, with the switch in tires from Bridgestone to Pirelli,” he said. “That was another thing; it’s up to the drivers to get your head around that and sort that out, but even within the same tire family – you can see it now with [Lotus team-mates] Kimi [Raikkonen] and [Romain] Grosjean – when you have these slight changes in tyres and how they can really affect the drivers’ performance.”

However Webber stressed he will continue to give his all in his final three races and is “still super-respectful of who I’m racing against”.

He added it was especially enjoyable to drive Red Bull’s cars because of their exceptional level of performance. “Adrian Newey is still probably on the biggest reasons I continue to drive, because to drive his cars is still very, very rewarding,” he said.

  1. apexassassin - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Somewhere in the outback the world’s smallest F1 fan is playing the world’s smallest violin for Webber and his unrealized boyhood dreams.

    • ducati007 - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      get a life

    • redrock81 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      we get it already! you love Vettel sheesh

  2. worknman24hours - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Mark Webber got to drive the fastest, most responsive open wheeled race cars in the most advanced racing series in the world.

    He put on his best battle every time he stepped into the cockpit and was driving the guts out of the race car every time he crossed the finish line.

    Not to bad coming from a guy who had an accident a scant few years ago who some thought he might never get back into the car again.

    Mark Webber leaves Formula One unbowed and unrepentant but he was graced to have the drive of his life in one of the two best cars the sport has ever seen.

    Those of us who understand all of the sacrifice it takes for a driver to just get to Formula One know just how hard mark Webber fought against all odds to try and win a Formula One Championship for himself and his team.

    It simply was not to be as political events within the team conspired every time to make sure he was nearly always second fastest on race day.

    But even Mark knows that this is the nature of the sport.

    There will always be a chosen driver and those who support that drivers championship and the teams championship aspirations.

    Mark is one of the reasons that the Red Bull team has done so well for the last four years.

    No, he didn’t win the biggest prize but Mark Webber IS a Formula One World Champion because the Red Bull TEAM is a team of Formula One World Champions and his efforts played a huge role in making that happen.

    So when the internet jockeys who have done little more then drive a keyboard and spew hatred towards a man who has ACTUALLY driven the hell out of a Red Bull Formula One race car for the last four years, I can only laugh.

    Mark, well done mate.

    Good days Ahead in your future racing endeavors.

    You make us proud to be a Mark Webber fan every time you get in the car.

    • apexassassin - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Driven the hell out of the car, lol. You can say that again! Too bad he never learned to finish first, first you have to finish! aka the first rule of racing!

      That’s one hulluva love letter though! Good for you! I like passionate F1 fans!

      Too bad he skipped all those meals for nothing and leaves F1 with just slightly better results than Nick Heidfeld, lol.

      • worknman24hours - Nov 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Mark is directly respondsible for helping the Red Bull team win all those constructors championships.

        He is then a Red Bull driver whose points won a Formula One World Championship many times over and therefore, he actually IS a Formula One World Champion-just not a drivers champion-Mark is truly a team champion.

        I like Nick but his F1 record doesn’t even get close to Marks in any way.

    • redrock81 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      @worknman24hours I agree. Webber is a great guy and a good driver. I for one will miss him. But that’s the nature of F1.

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