F1 » Webber: The right time to stop


In the first of four articles, Mark Webber looks at the reasons why he has decided to call time on his F1 career....

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richard

November 06, 2013 1:41 PM

walrus. I doubt that. he was getting the same as vettel. he ha NEVER intimated that he was getting inferior or different equipment, and as webber is known for shooting his mouth off, he would have been the first to complain if happened. I think that he finally realised that as long as there was a better driver in the team, his chances of a wdc were zero.
but he made the decision before the season started, so why did he not have the courtesy of informing h team until half the season had gone.?
in fact, webber has been saying that the effort of keeping fit, was his major reason for giving up

runnah

November 06, 2013 1:52 PM

Rick, it has been admitted that the car is designed around Seb's driving style not Mark's. Not being a racing driver I can only imagine that having a car made 100% for you is quite a leg up.

roadburner

November 06, 2013 2:07 PM
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I think getting into the specifics regarding RBR is rather pointless, other than to say he simply came up against a phenomenon. Every other driver on the grid would have struggled to beat Vettel, so it's hardly a disgrace Mark wasn't able to. He remains a fine performer with nine GP wins, something not many drivers can lay claim to. He remains one of the good guys, who definitely called a spade a spade.
All the best mate.

ridelikeaturtle

November 06, 2013 2:14 PM

I laugh when I hear, "Webber gets the same equipment as Vettel." Clearly this has not been the case in instances in the past, and while I'd normally consider cases where one driver's car constantly breaks down compared to his teammate that it's a driver difference... but when it's your KERS or alternator? As if Webber is pressing the KERS button wrong so that it breaks? I'm not suggesting a conspiracy, but bias and effort are heavily on Vettel's side of the garage at RBR - he wins championships, after all.

rdc

November 06, 2013 2:51 PM

@richard

Silverstone 2010, Red Bull brings two new front wings, one for each car, Vettel destroys his, they put Webber's new wing on Vettel's car. Webber still wins the race. But one shining example of a clear number two status.

thelogicalview

November 06, 2013 3:51 PM

I can well understand his decision to retire, the pressures put on top sportsmen and women in every sport are huge. he's had a long spell in F1 and has 9 wins to his name and that is a lot more then most drivers manage. I don't believe he had an inferior car but the facts speak for themself Vettel has won 30odd races in 4 years so he must be doing something right so it's inevertible that Redbull would favour him. Mark could have been No1 in a lot of teams but he preferred to have the best car, unfortunately he also had one of the best drivers against him. There's no shame attatched to his record, he calls it like it is and in this age when BULL.... is the favourved mode of speaking it bought a breath of fresh air to a sport that needs to take a long hard look at itself. Good luck mate, see you on the top podium at Le Mans next year!

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