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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Droog - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 6:05 PM

Good point Dee,
Webber had 179 points and 2 race wins last year as the number 2 to a 3 time WDC, not bad for a # 2 driver indeed.
RBR would sorely miss that points haul in the Constructors if they didn't replace Mark with some equal or better talent, and Mark arguably ranks between 5th and 7th of drivers currently active IMHO, so no easy task to find a sure-thing replacement.
2014 is starting to look more and more pivotal for many reasons, I expect major shifts in race seats, and the new engine formula etc...

Way off topic, but re the 2014 regs, only 8 gear ratios in total allowed, down from the current 30-something, but do the regulations say anything about the number of gears allowed to be used in the car?
Now running 7 speed boxes, why not 8 speed?
Would that not be a benefit to have that tall gear available anytime required? I can think of a few races this year that RBR would have been happy to have it..

Pete - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 7:08 PM

I used to wonder if Mark Webber was stubborn or just stupid. Given todays quote and the results of the last three years in the best car on grid, I know the answer now.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 7:35 PM

Red Bull treats him very well despite his #2 status. All kinds of perks off the track. Even when he does retire he will become a consultant and showman to the team as David Coulthard, if he so desires it.

Given the first half of his F1 career, at this pace, he will become australia's 2nd best racing hero by the time he is done racing. So he does have some reason to keep pushing.

ex-loko.tkc.exe - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 9:45 PM

mmm, i really would like to know if really have the same matherial at box... then i could have a good opinion...anyway, he push and stay where others fall down...also i hope a little more,

i try to understand global circumstances
through these years... very difficult
he have credit for me...

FreeJack - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 10:35 PM

He'll know, after the 2013 season, whether it's time to hang up his gloves. I think while his window to win a championship is closing, it's not fully closed yet...there were a lot of moments in 2012 where he looked like he still has it in him. But if he's not in the hunt most of this year, then it's time to move on. There have been a LOT of quality drivers in F1 that never won a championship. He's still my favorite driver, by a mile.

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