Mark Webber insists that his approach won't change through the remainder of the F1 season despite the announcement that he will quit the sport at the end of the year.
The Australian will leave Red Bull
when he current deal expires to move to Porsche to form part of its line-up when it returns to the premier class of sportscar racing with its new LMP1 machine.
Despite his future plans now being public, Webber insisted that his approach to the remainder of the F1 campaign wasn't going to be any different, with his focus firmly on ending his F1 career on a high.
“My approach for the rest of the year isn't going to change,” he said. “I have known the decision for a while and nothing will change now that is has been made public.
“I'll keep pushing for the top step of the podium and want to get race wins, so there is no difference in how I'm going to approach things. It's in my interests to keep the motivation up until we get to Brazil and to keep working hard for the guys in the team.
“I know how much effort goes into this from the guys in the factory and I'll keep pushing.”
Revealing that the decision had been taken for some time, Webber added that the manner in which the announcement was made wasn't in any way meant to be a dig at Red Bull
– with news coming from Porsche in the run up to this weekend's British Grand Prix.
“It was a Porsche announcement,” he said. “I informed Christian [Horner] before the announcement as made, which contractually is something I should do. I'll speak to the guys in the factory at some stage as they have been superb to me but Porsche were keen to make the announcement. It was about Porsche and Mark Webber
“I actually think it has helped the team today because now they know that they have a decision to make for the future. Dietrick [Mateschitz – Red Bull
owner] has been kept up to speed with my thinking and was onboard with where things were at. He encouraged me not to rush the decision and we went down all the right avenues. It's been done in the right way.”