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Webber: I won't work with anyone but Flav

Red Bull driver Mark Webber says he will not be looking for a new manager after the FIA World Motor Sport Council banned Flavio Briatore from having any involvement with drivers in the sport.

The WMSC verdict into the race fixing scandal that hit the Singapore Grand Prix last season revealed that drivers under Briatore's wing would not have their superlicences renewed if they were still associated with the disgraced Italian.

That leaves a number of drivers - including Webber, Fernando Alonso and Heikki Kovalainen – to look for a new management team, but Webber insisted that if he couldn't work with Briatore, he wouldn't work with anyone.

“My life has changed massively,” he said during the Thursday press conference in Singapore. “It has turned it upside down. You wouldn't believe. Honestly I have had Flavio looking after me for eleven years. I have never looked at the contract after I signed it on that first day and there are not many people in this paddock you can do that with. He has been sensational for me. I won't work with anyone else in the future if I can't work with him.

“For sure (he will be missed in F1). He was a very good character for our sport and I think a lot of people agree with that but it doesn't seem like he is going to be around again for a good while, so that is the way it is.”



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rxracer - Unregistered

September 24, 2009 3:33 PM

"His intentions are self management which will not work" Rubbish. Many high profile athletes, including F1 drivers, have managed their own careers more than adequately. And given his years of experience in and around F1, I'm sure he's more than capable of managing the tail end of his. Vettel, one of the youngest, least experienced, most in demand drivers in F1 is very happy without one? And not short of big money offers. But then you prolly didn't know he manages himself did you? Managers have a place, but they aren't specially bred in some IVF clinic. If someone feels they possess the ability to maximize their benefits come contract time, who's to say they need a manager?

rxracer - Unregistered

September 24, 2009 3:57 PM

Some of you just love making more out of a situation than whats really there. All I see in this is that despite Briatore's fall from grace and destroyed image, Mark only ever got total honesty and respect from him. Marks a typical aussie. Loyal, and no nonsense. He obviously sees it as the end of a unique management relationship. So he'll now do it himself. I personally don't think alot of Briatore, but Mark obviously valued him enough to not feel like replacing him. It's not for us to judge.



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