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Christian Horner backs Mark Webber's decision to leave F1 at the end of the year to return to sportscars

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June 27, 2013 1:09 PM

Now all Horner has to do is find someone who will take the same amount of punishment Webber took, without venting it all over the media. I somehow doubt this can be done, so I expect Vettel to be in the news a lot more next year.


June 27, 2013 1:25 PM

He could hardly do anything different, Webber has always been his own man and has made his decision based on what he wants for his future not on what Redbull or Horner want. Considering how he has bneen treated I'm surprised he lasted this long.


June 27, 2013 2:18 PM

Horner will be very happy Mark is going, it means the Burr under his saddle is gone now.

Whoever takes Mark's place will have to play second fiddle till Vettel moves on. And who says Red Bull will have the car next year, with all the changes ???????


June 27, 2013 4:30 PM

Through personal finance connections he jumped the queue ahead of far more talented but underfunded drivers in karting and Formula Ford in Australia to sneak into F1 despite no results whatsoever in anything ever prior to F1 -- then he took 9 years and 130 GP to win a race - the longest of ALL 105 winning drivers in history - in fact longer than the entire career lengths of 760 of the 800 F1 drivers ever - and even then only by being given the best car - which he has now had for a massive 4 years - 60 GP - arguably more opportunity than any driver in history bar Schumacher's Ferraris (and Vettel with the same RBRs) - yet he squandered such unparalleled privilege - rising only to 33rd on the list of total wins - winning only 9 races in over 200 GP - a strike rate of just 4.5% - a dismal 5 to 10 times lower than the greats: Fangio (47%), Clark (35%), Schumacher (29%), Stewart (27%), Prost (25%), Senna (25%).


June 27, 2013 9:51 PM

I am gald that Mark did not settle for a B team for 2014.

He has always been dignified in dealng with the ruthlessness of Vettel and the unkind criticism of Marko. I am not sure how he endured it for so long. As for Horner, the least said, the better.

Now that he does not need to toe the line any longer, I hope that he will score more wins in 2013 and give Vettel some of his own medicine when the opportunities present themselves.

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