F1 » Webber: I don’t plan to be in a supporting role

Mark Webber vows to fight for the 2013 F1 title and not simply support Sebastian Vettel

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p1 - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 1:27 PM

Why would a man who has lost more places at the start be promoted to number 1 spot? The only reason he is there is because he struggles to beat Vettel and they don't want a better driver taking his place who wipes the floor with Vettel.

There is no logical reason he has kept that seat other than he is a good no 2 support driver.

Hertfordshire - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 1:55 PM

Webbs on Sky you say that you love driving a Newey car but since 2010 you have not really done his cars justice and even if you could be a competitor to Vettel all we would here over the radio if you were in front of Vettel is Mark box please.

Nick - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 2:50 PM

If you say so Mark.

Every January Autosport used to carry the headline, with David Coulthard proclaiming that this was his year and how he would beat Hakkinen, both average drivers who are able to pull off the occasional good performance, but no better than steady number two drivers.

Mr.red - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 4:05 PM
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Too late Mark. Seb already has 3 titles now and you are not getting any younger. Seb has a good deal going, he has Mark as a teammate who cant beat him when it matters, for whatever reason.

EDIT bt CRASH.NET! Inappropriate comments removed.

Pete - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 4:41 PM

How is Webber still with RBR? He never has been in the supporting role even when mathmatically eliminated from contention. The attempted pass of Vettel in Brazil on the restart into T1 is indicative of Webber's career. Tried to overtake a WDC contenting teammate for no apparent reason only to slide off the track miserably.

His best chance at a WDC was in 2010, but threw it away in Korea with a crash and then didn't tell the team about his shoulder injury while riding a bike for the final 4 races of the year. If he would have, perhaps they could have worked around some padding in the cockpit or something to make it more bearable. Webber is either not too bright or unbelievably stubborn, I'm not quite sure which.

Dee - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 4:46 PM

"How is Webber still with RBR?" Because of all the "supporting" drivers, he is the best. RBR have easily won the last 3 constructor's championships because, overall, he has been far more competitive that the likes of Massa or Button.

Pete - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 5:00 PM

Dee and the rest are completely missing the point. In Webber's mind, he does not see himself as a supporting driver. He's a #1... in his mind. I have no problem with a supporting driver that knows, "I'm a supporting driver" but not only does Webber consistantly say he is not, more importantly, he acts as it he is not by taking stupid chances similar to Brazil and not giving his teammate racing room on a restart!

Webber came in 6th position in the WDC, with the best car on grid. That tells you something about his skill level. See the past 3 years as an example.

JohnO - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 5:13 PM

I can't believe he still has a seat with RBR, to be honest. Vettel would would have clinched the title a lot more easily if his supposed teammate had not spent the last few races so pathetically determined to finish ahead of him. On a couple of occasions in Brazil Webber aggressively slammed the door on Vettel when he saw him in his mirrors.

He does not need to be a door-mat like Massa, but there has to be some minimum degree of dedication to the teams goals. Mark never drives for anybody but Mark.

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