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Mark Webber insists there is no desire to come back to F1 in 2014

Mark Webber reveals that, despite having attracted the attention of other leading F1 teams in 2013, the door remains firmly closed on that chapter of his life.
Mark Webber insists that he will not be casting covetous glances in F1's direction next season, despite admitting to having had options to remain in the top flight.

The Australian called time on his grand prix career ahead of the British round back in June, making the rest of the season something of a farewell tour before he heads for Porsche's nascent sports prototype return.

Admitting that he has become tired of the sport's politics and restrictive technical package, as well as the friction within the Red Bull camp, Webber decided to turn his back on a series that has been his him since debuting with a points finish at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix, and insists that it is unlikely that he will be making a U-turn any time soon.

“I have no desire to come back to the sport,” the veteran maintained during an interview with BT Sport's Claire Balding Show, “The future has been Sebastian, they want to keep him happy as much as they can, and things come onto the radar and you think 'this is probably not how I would like it', so it does go into the decision.”

Webber revealed that he remained in demand even after his Silverstone announcement, with even current employer apparently looking at the option of retaining his services for another season.

“Teams like Lotus and Ferrari - and even Red Bull to a degree, once they couldn't get Kimi [Raikkonen] - were on the radar so to speak,” he confirmed, before recalling that it wouldn't have been the first time Maranello had come calling.

“I had a Ferrari contract, but we didn't get enough momentum at the time,” he continued, “I was at the Canadian Grand Prix 2012, [and] I made a decision. I was in the hotel room, my gut was 'no, I'm not going to do it'. People around me were keen for it to happen, but I was [thinking] 'no, I can't'. F1 teams have 500 people, but to go and learn 500 people and learn the new scenario, it takes time. When you're 22 [years old], you're running through walls, but when you're 36, 37...”

Ultimately, it was the technical direction in which the sport was headed that convinced Webber that he ought to look beyond the confines of the F1 paddock. With tyre rules already not to his liking, next year's potential for fuel consumption to become an issue was the final straw. However, it is the end-of-season form of team-mate Sebastian Vettel that the Australian believes has the biggest potential to turn neutrals away from the game.

“I think, in any sport, it's our nature [that] we like to see a contest,” he reasoned, “If you're a massive, massive Seb fan, then you are probably going to watch every grand prix. It's very, very rare [to have that level of domination] - it was '56 or '58 the last time that someone won that many races in a row so, hopefully for the sport, that won't happen again for a while. Next year, I think there will be some different winners - Red Bull are still the favourites, but I think there will be a bit of a mix up.”

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24.03.2013- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 overtaking Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.03.2013- Race, press conference;  Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.03.2013- Race, the podium; winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, 2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9, 3rd Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 and Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
22.09.2013- Race,  Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9 on Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138 car
15.11.2013- Free Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
24.11.2013 - Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
24.11.2013 - Race, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
23.11.2013- Qualifying, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
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2014 FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon is to test with Lotus F1
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12.10.2014- Race, the start
12.10.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
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12.10.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
12.10.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 in the press conference after the race
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December 06, 2013 8:32 PM
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