F1 » Webber signs off with slating of Armstrong


Mark Webber reflects on the fall from grace of former friend and occasional riding partner Lance Armstrong.

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Luke - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 12:08 AM

There is a reason he stays will Flav, without him i doubt webber would even got to F1 , as flavio himself payed for his minardi seat in 2002, staying with flavio is loyalty even if he cheated with someone else, and at the end of the day it shows how far he will go for his drivers(alonso in that case).

Giveway - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 2:45 AM

For those that are unaware of FIA standard testing, every driver is screened regularly throughout the season in differing ways for performance drugs, the pain-killers/numbing-agents used by FIA/team/personal doctors are not on the list of banned substances, simple as that.

Liam48 - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 4:04 AM

TAKING DRUGS... WELL TJIS MAY SURPRISE SOME PEOPLE IS BAD!

Can't believe some people are defending Armstrong and slating Webber, I seriously don't understand what your mind sets are!

@Fraud46 you're still here?! I thought with the departure of Stoner you would have left too, Rossi has never taken any products to enhance his skills to be successful, stop being such a troll!

CommodoreS

January 31, 2013 4:28 AM
Last Edited 687 days ago

How can so many posters (Particularly One) misconstrue this article to fill there own agenda.

Before becomming Judge/Jury and Executioner locate the full article.

Also Marks last article for BBC. Sign of retirement.

About to come home at seasons end after he sees Mitch Evans through GP2 with Arden Motorsport.

Luke - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 6:23 AM

@mick

Webber was signed by flav under his management company in 99 after his impressive showing in le mans in this time he got test roles with arrows and bennetton(in 2000 and 2001) till flavio got him a drive for minardi, yes flavio actually had to pay to make this happen so yes he was a pay driver(numerious sources confirm this).

Please dont just assume that because paul stoddart is an Aussie he got him that way, minardi could only accept paying drivers because they where such a small team.

richard

January 31, 2013 7:28 AM

f1 has in the past, been the scene of drugs use, witness james hunt and tommy byrne. armstrong had passed ALL known tests yet still was able to habitually live on certain ehancing drugs. it is possible that there COULD be some still in use in f1 and not being detected. i hope not but armstrong is proof that it could be done.
webber had held armstrong up as a good example of endeavour, and was a good friend of armstrong. so webber was entirely duped by a friend.

CommodoreS

January 31, 2013 8:20 AM

Luke sorry to blow your bubble but Mark has never been a pay driver.

He and Paul Stoddart go way back and Mark became a member of Stoddarts F3000 Team which eventually lead
to the introduction of Minnardi in F1.

Marks money played no part.

atx2012 - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 8:46 AM

First off, while cycling has been a dirty sport for decades, as others have said before... Lance doesn't deserve any sympathy because of the way he treated others. And I do admire Mark for his honesty and as someone I generally think of as one of the "good guys" in F1.

That being said, the fact that Mark thought that his last column should involve slagging Armstrong, seems to be somehow indicative of something negative in his own character. It seems he took the low road, rather than the high road for his exit and that to me is disturbing. That he didn't actually confront Armstrong personally, about the way he felt disrespected, but went very public with it... does not seem to match how I've perceived Mark. I'm a bit disappointed actually.

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