F1 » Webber: Difficult to consider retirement

Mark Webber admits it will be a difficult decision to take when it comes to retiring from F1

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January 04, 2013 12:37 PM

Difficult? Your team mate has won the last three WDC's and the team pricipal has said you are a number two driver. A two with no chance to match his team mate. Time to retire..


January 04, 2013 1:42 PM

with helmut implying that he is eyeing hulk for 2014, i cannot see webber being kept on. i just hope that he retires gracefully, rather than looking to the back half of the grid where he might be considered a number 1 driver. none of the top teams would give him number 1 status.

JJJ - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 4:02 PM

I think Webber's already showing the signs of getting on a bit. He is still good at the old tracks (even faster than Seb on occassion) but at all the Tilke tracks and especially the stop-go ones without flowing corners he can't hang with Seb and this has been the case from the start, so apparently he also seems unable to learn from Seb's style.

He also is pretty bad at wheel-to-wheel combat, oftentimes first being to passive and unable to overtake (while Seb can) and then getting frustrated and make contact (and then blame the other guy). This has always been the case with him but seems to get worse as well. I think it's a pity he didn't make the move to Ferrari and also a dtrategic mistake, cause 2nd fiddle @ Ferrari beats 2nd fiddle @ RBR.

I think Mark should call it a day, and Marko should be retired as well.

JJJ - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 4:11 PM

I actually think Mark might call quits himself sooner than expected. It's never really been about money for him (otherwise he wouldn't be living in the UK) and he already won races so there's only a championship to achieve left on the list. I think once he realises it's really not going to happen (say Seb beats him quite convincingly again this year or RBR isn't dominant anymore), there's no reason to be there anymore. I don't see him going back to a midgrid team and like mentioned above apparently the red car (if they'd still have him) hasn't got the appeal on him like it has on most other drivers.

I just don't see him do a Barichello and still be there at 40.

professor-x - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 4:13 PM

All Webber needs is for fair treatment with in his team, he was leading his teammate until Red Bull figured it out and left him for dead in 2012.

Cmon RedBull, split that support down the middle, and lets see some real racing, not the oh sh*t my car broke again from Webber.

RSG929 - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 4:32 PM

Odd phrase to say he signed a 12 month contract mid-way through 2012. Is that for the whole of 2013 or just 12 month period? If it's the latter, it might be a bonus of a stop gap when McLaren realise that Perez isn't as fast or consistent as he was in the first few races of 2013.

I'd quite like to see Webber in one more year in a car other than RBR, just to understand whether he has the skill and the hunger. Really like him but he seems to be a bit too laid back on occasions.

Dee - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 5:50 PM

Webber the oldest driver on the grid next year? Looks that way. Yet when we look at the teamings for the 2012 season, Red Bull easily won the constructors championship because they had the best 2nd driver on the grid. Just look at how woeful Massa was for most of the season. Will Webber win the 2013 driver's championship? Highly unlikely, yet Red Bull would be stupid to replace Webber until they can find someone who consistently challenges Vettel the way Webber has over the past 3 seasons. Only when that happens will Red Bull be right in pushing Webber into retirement. From 2012 form, we may possibly still see Webber on the grid in 2014...

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