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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mr.xxx - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 7:00 PM

when alonso wins all says wow how the heck he makes a dog of a car to win races.. look at massa hes way behind.
when seb wins ,rbr gives preference to him the superior car yada yada yada mark is better he doesnt get the superior car yada yada blah blah blah

Wacko - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 7:10 PM

Webber is a quality driver, no question. And as others have intimated on his day he is equal to his contemporaries. But those days frankly are few and far between. Others have hammered on him because of his starts (which are atrocious) but I think more importantly it is what he does after the bad starts that concerns me. I honestly think it comes down to his focus and decision making rather than a skill deficit. Is that what separates the champions from their supporting cast? The greats have the ability to overcome adversity and maximize the outcome regardless. Mark is a tier 2 driver on a tier one team now. And getting paid quite well to do so.

JohnO - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 7:10 PM

There's a typically classless article by Webber on the BBC web site looking back at the year.

Short version - "Poor me, I was so unlucky! Alonso was unlucky as well! And I hate Vettel!"

No mention of why he tried to run his teammate off the track in Brazil while he was attempting to win the title.

ghog

November 30, 2012 7:56 PM

Well!

What a bunch of inaccurate posts.

Mark Webber is a Great F1 Driver, no question.

How Brave can a guy be and have to suffer the pathetic, snidey posts on here? Ridiculous.

Am really disappointed in in the posters on this site, some that I respected.

History will tell.

richard

November 30, 2012 8:08 PM

ghog. webber is no doubt a good f1 driver, but that does not make him a wdc. two years ago, he had a chance but blew it. he can only be matched against his teammate, and as long as he is with rbr, than that is seb. but seb is a step ahead of him, so he has little chance of beating seb regularily enough to have an impact on the wdc. now, if he cannot win it himself, he should of course support his teammate. to say he wont, before the season has even started, will not enamour him to his team.
interesting that he did not even turn up to sebs victory party!

Mark _

November 30, 2012 8:37 PM

Given Webber's unwillingness to be a team player I find it hard to believe that they keep resigning him. When it gets to the point that you need to call him into the pits because you cannot trust him to allow his teammate to pass it is bad.

JohnO - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 8:54 PM

"Mark Webber is a Great F1 Driver, no question."

A good F1 driver, surely. But the step up from "good" to "great" takes a bit more than Webber has yet shown - and he is 36 years old.

FreeJack - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 9:45 PM

Richard-

As I said, he needs to sort out whatever the problem is with his starts, this off-season...it's a huge problem. As for what the reason for it is, to my eyes it almost always looks like a clutch problem. He's not getting as much torque as fast as Vettel does, off the line...and occasionally it has even looked like anti-stall. So it seems like there's an issue with how he's engaging the clutch, at the start. I know they have two clutch paddles, he's dumping the first immediately and then feathering in the second 50% - but so often, it seems like the car just crawls off the line...which then makes you wonder why the car doesn't react the same way for both drivers. It's something the mechanics can adjust, too...so who knows. I wouldn't go so far as to claim anyone was tampering with his clutch to create a bad start, but I'm willing to bet his starts all pretty much boil down to clutch timing.

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