Webber: I’m not going there thinking in a supporting role at all

Mark Webber during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mark Webber no number two

Nov.29 (Reuters) Australian Mark Webber has no interest in playing a support role for teammate and newly crowned triple world champion Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull and is just as keen to beat the German as anyone else on the grid.

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber C31, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 battle. Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 25 November 2012.Vettel claimed his third consecutive world title on Sunday with a sixth-place finish at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, edging out Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso by three points.

The drivers title race went down to the wire, and still may offer a sting in the tail with Ferrari reportedly considering the possibility of a challenge on a technicality, but the battle within the Red Bull garage was a far greater mismatch with Vettel finishing 102 points ahead of Webber.

Despite the gap, the 36-year-old Australian’s place at Red Bull for next season was never in doubt and Webber is confident that his role is not simply to help Vettel attain more success.

“Obviously with Sebastian’s form, he’s clearly on the front foot. Not only from within our team but he’s won three world titles on the bounce now so all the drivers have got to try and topple him,” Webber told reporters in Tasmania on Thursday.

“I don’t go [to grands prix] thinking [that] I’ve got to be playing a team role as such. I’m there for myself, to get the best results possible and to do that I need to be part of the team.

Mark Webber during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.“So, no, I’m not going there thinking in a supporting role at all.”

Webber finished sixth in the drivers championship after claiming two victories, at Monaco and Silverstone, compared to Vettel’s five race wins.

Collectively the duo delivered a third consecutive constructors title for Red Bull but had to endure worrying reliability issues at the normally reliable UK-based team.

Webber suffered back-to-back retirements in Abu Dhabi and Texas, which proved costly for the former Williams, Jaguar and Minardi driver.

“Ultimately we just weren’t consistent enough compared to 2010 and 2011,” Webber said. “Our qualifying pace this year was a very, very good step forward but [not] our Sunday performances.

“It wasn’t strong enough towards the end but they’re fine margins and before you know it, the odd non-finish here and there, and the points are not in your favour.”

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  • gs

    also there’s no need anymore for your support mark. as we have seen that all the renault powered teams red bull jr.’s all german drivers and energy drink brand powered fia supports our new king boy. thus he should have clinched his 3rd crown as he did in an unethical way.

  • nilo_21

    go WEBBER!!! goodluck, do it and prove that!!!

  • fools

    Come on Webber, challenge your boy Seb. You have the same car…

  • Nemo

    @gs, are you suggesting Vettel made an illegal green flag overtake?

  • Mark

    In Brazil Webber already lost championship, well, he lost the championship since August or something, what the fk was he fighting for against Vettel? Webber should learn from Massa what Team Work is. He wasnt fighting for anything at all and still put in risk Vettel’s WDC. I guess thats what he wanted, he wanted Alonso to win. Webber doesnt deserve his seat. Get over it u aussie, ur too old for f1, idiotic race starts, risking the team. Alonso would be better team mate for Vettel LOL

  • Kimi4WDC

    Good on you Mark, good luck at keeping your good form all the way through the year.

    It seems like those occasional slumps in form cost you greatly. Less gearbox changes will help too, together with better starts!!!!

    Cant wait for 2013!!!

  • MB

    Allow me to say that you were wrong Mark and honestly you lost my respect to you after the post qualifications press conference in Brazil. At the final race, you should support your team mate for his title without being asked to do especially that you have nothing to lose. There is a huge difference between playing the supporting role throughout the season (like Masa) and being loyal to your team at the final race.