Mark Webber has said that he hopes to challenge for the F1 title next season having downplayed comments which suggested he felt his failure to win the crown last year may have seem him miss his chance.
The Red Bull driver had been quoted as saying that 'I do think that last year was my last chance at being World Champion' in an interview in Singapore [See separate story HERE
] while reflecting on the season so far – a season where he has failed to match the heights of 2010.
However, the Australian has now said he was misquoted in the original interview and insists he has at least one more title challenge left in him in 2012.
"I know I didn't say, 'Yeah, absolutely, 100% definitely my last chance ever'," he was quoted as telling Sporting Life
. "Maybe it's a good chance [in 2012], but you never know. We have to go into it thinking positively.
"It won't be pretty for all of us if it's the same as this year, so we have to be optimistic and push bloody hard to make sure there is no repeat of how straightforward it's been for him [Sebastian Vettel]. That is clearly the goal for all of us.
"But the feeling this year is one I've had for most of my career, one most drivers have for most of their careers. Last year was exceptional. It's not every year you fight for a title. It's back to normal at the moment, but we will try and get it to abnormal in the future. It's disappointing that is what has happened this year, but that is the way it has been."
While he has managed to bring home podium finishes this season and has qualified on pole, Webber has so far failed to win a race in 2011 and he insisted his aim was on putting the right before the season ends.
"One guy has done too much winning this year and that's not been great for all of us," he said. "It would be nice to get one win before the end of the year, but if you then have one win and four DNFs it's not that good, so we still need to be consistent and do well.
"No question about it, though, winning is a beautiful feeling. It's always satisfying to put a good weekend together, knowing you have done a better job than anyone else. That's what we'll keep striving for.
"The podiums are still nice, with the champagne a mini celebration at the end of the weekend for all the toil and hard work the team has put in. It's still not easy to get onto the top step, and there's a big difference between first and second, that's for sure.
"But obviously I'd like to get my best result of the season before the year is out after having had plenty of seconds and thirds."