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Mark Webber confirms he will quit F1 at the end of the season to make the switch to sportscars

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WylieCoyote

June 28, 2013 2:10 AM

On a lighter note. It would be brilliant if he joined some of the other top sports car drivers and raced at Bathurst in the V8 Supercars in 2014. Maybe even partner Stoner in a Red Bull Commodore. Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones both gave it a go.

Googolplex

June 28, 2013 5:29 AM

Thank you Mark Webber for reinvigorating interest in F1 back here in Australia to a level not seen since Alan Jones enthused us all in the late 70's/early 80's.

He might not have been an Alonso or Vettel, but Webber was never afraid to put his bleeps on the line, when on song his driving was sublime, and he never disappointed us with his open and direct frankness. Never a dull moment. I for one, will miss his presence.

Jamal22

June 28, 2013 6:29 AM

To be honest Vettel did dish out a royal a**whooping to Webbeer, the problem was that Webber does not put himself in the position to Challenge more often for the title, he hardly starts from pole or front row, his starting is very poor and his judgement to avoid collision is very poor.

Jagworth1

June 28, 2013 7:55 AM

Richard, I have always respected that you research facts fairly thoroughly and speak with authority as a long time F1 follower. But I thought you would be big enough to say "thanks for your contribution to F1 Mark and best of luck in your future racing career". Your pet Vettel may become the winning-est driver in F1 ever and I have often applauded his obvious talent and success. But he does have a car designed and fitting to his talented driving style and I doubt if Alonso, Hamilton or Kimi would outdrive him in that car. It is a pity that Vettel comes across to most as a selfish spoiled brat and his team have contributed to that, History will judge his statistics as great, but not his demeanor as a man compared to many drivers including Webber.

wtf

June 28, 2013 8:07 AM
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@ Jagworth


People like myself and you know the contribution that Webber has made to F1 and the success of Red Bull. It is a shame to see him go.

EDIT by CRASH.NET! Poster attack removed.

Jamal22

June 28, 2013 9:36 AM

Jagworth1
Look Webber knew after the race in Singapore 2010, that RBR will not to ask vettel to support him, I guess thats a cue for Webber to concentrate and focus and go for it but he choked, just like Alonso or Lewis 3 years before. Am sorry winners are not made in the GYM, its in the mind, theirs a reason why they call the last 6 or 7 races of a season the business end, Singapore last year with 29 points behind Alonso, Vettel said the ball is in his court, thats the words of a driver who has his eyes fixed on the prize!

richard

June 28, 2013 11:15 AM

jagworth. I am surprised at your comment! I have defended webber in the past but there again, I have never rate him as a wdc contender. he is a good number 2 apart from the fact that he does make life difficult for his number 1, by not being overly helpful, and in some cases (see last year) where he has been deliberately obstructive. yes, it will be sad in a way to see him go, as he is better than half the current grid,but I wont miss his constant criticism of his team.

bobsmyname

June 28, 2013 11:23 AM

Whatever anyone says about Webber, he's a multiple race winner and one of THE BEST wheel to wheel racers on the grid.

The amount of times he and Alonso end up racing side by side is almost uncanny. Has anyone else noticed?

Almost every race, Webber and Alonso end up going wheel to wheel. I don't support either of these drivers, but as an F1 fan, watching Webber and Alonso go for it is a joy to watch!

Sad to see you go Mark!

WylieCoyote

June 28, 2013 1:30 PM

Lets word this so I don't get deleted again. Camen, there are men who spend tens of millions of dollars running F1 teams. They are responsible for getting the best driver they can for there team. As the undisputed best team in F1 over the last few years, Red Bull has been able to select any uncontracted rider they wish at the end of each season. The fact that they kept choosing Webber either means he is one of the best or they don't know what they are talking about. There is no doubt that if Webber decided to stay that Red Bull would have signed him again. Despite anything you say, he is a brilliant driver and any team would welcome him with open arms.

DontTalkNonsense

June 29, 2013 9:50 AM

All the best Mark. It's been a pleasure to watch you. We finally had someone in the paddock who wasn't a puppet and told us mere mortals what was going on. You will always be remembered as the gentlemen of the Red Bull team, whose integrity is in tact, unlike some of their management.
I do hope you write a tell all book. It will be a best seller.

Oh, and to Carmen, ALL drivers deserve our respect. They risk their lives for our enjoyment.

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