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British GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.2

Drivers - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Jenson Button (McLaren) Max Chilton (Marussia), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Paul di Resta (Force India), Mark Webber (Red Bull).


Q: (Alex Popov – RTR)
Mark, you will be missed and I don't think I'm alone in thinking this. How much will your approach change for the remaining races?

Mark Webber:
I think going forward, for the rest of the season, it doesn't change a huge amount to be honest, because I've known the decision... nothing changes for my approach now because obviously it's now out for everybody, but in terms of the last few races, obviously challenging for the top steps and when you get everything right, obviously we want to get wins as well. I don't see that being a huge huge difference. It's in my interest to keep the motivation up until Brazil and work hard with the guys. That's important. At this level, I'm fully respectful of the effort that goes in to get the car out there, so I need to keep pushing, for myself and for the team because they put in a lot of work, obviously, at the factory at Milton Keynes, Renault, everyone.

Q: (Alex Popov – RTR)
Mark, during your first career at Le Mans, we remember a couple of crashes.

Mark Webber:
Le Mans, yeah, in 1999, that era, those cars were very very... I think the regulations were quite dangerous. We had a lot of cars having some big shunts in that era. I think all manufacturers had issues with keeping the cars on the ground, just because of the way the regs were written and they were quite quick. Look, motor racing is dangerous, I accept that, we all know that. Motor racing is dangerous. Le Mans is a classic race. The cars are not slow there now but I'm not a guy who wants to wrap myself in cotton wool either. I'm looking forward to the challenge and yeah, it's something which was in my thinking in terms of the safety factors, all those things which have improved since we were there last and they will continue to improve as well, not just the circuit but the cars. We've gone forward since 13 years ago.

Q: (Bob McKenzie – Daily Express)
Mark, why did you chose to go that route of announcing it this morning on Twitter before you told the team?

Mark Webber:
Well, it was a Porsche announcement. I informed Christian before the announcement which contractually I should do, so that's what we did.

Q: (Bob McKenzie – Daily Express)
It was just the guys in the factory didn't know.

Mark Webber:
Well, it wouldn't have been an announcement then, would it? So you've got to get the balance right. Obviously I will talk to the factory of course at some stage. They've been superb for me on the floor there but Porsche were very keen to make the announcement. It was about Porsche and Mark Webber today.

Q: (Bob McKenzie – Daily Express)
It wasn't about scoring a point back at Red Bull over things that had happened over the years?

Mark Webber:
No. I think I helped the team today. They know they've got to make some decisions in the future. Dietrich (Mateschitz) has been completely up to speed with my thinking in the last six to eight months, so Dietrich has been absolutely on board and on message with where I've been at. He's certainly encouraged me not to rush my decision when I approached him earlier in the season. I think basically all of the right channels and avenues that we went through to get the message across as subtly as we could in terms of the announcement was done in the right way.

Q: (Jens Wolters – ARD Radio)
Mark, do you actually care about the next guy who succeeds you in your position at Red Bull and maybe what should he bring into the team?

Mark Webber:
I'll watch with interest, mate. Yeah.

Q: (Rosie Baillie – F1Plus.com)
You've spent many years in Formula One, Mark, what will you miss most about Formula One when you leave?

Mark Webber:
Probably being with some of these guys to be honest. We all strive to get to the pinnacle, and I've been with JB, Lewis, Fernando, these guys for a long time, racing. We all know where we've come from. I'm very proud of where I've come from. I don't forget the street that I grew up in in Australia. Formula One is seen as the pinnacle. Working with people like Adrian Newey, there's things like that which of course won't go un-noticed but as any sportsman or woman will know, you're not 25 for ever so you've got to get the decision right and the timing right and stopping when you're still performing well. I believe that's absolutely correct for yourself and that's part of the course that I will miss. The drug on the grid when the guys walk away from the car, that's the best legal drug you can get. I'm ready to go racing so that's brilliant. Like I say, you've got to be real with yourself and know there's a day where you need to roll on to the next chapter and that's what I'm very excited by. You can't kid yourself and say it's going to go on for ever. Yeah, and your performance is important so... yeah.

Q:: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Lewis, in Monaco you didn't have great tyre degradation and also in Montreal. OK, they are circuits that are not demanding in terms of tyre wear. Here it is. If you don't face this kind of problem, do you think people will relate that to the test that your team did after the Spanish Grand Prix?

Lewis Hamilton:

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