With the first week ofFormula One testing fast approaching, Mark Webber took time out and released a pre-season Q&A where he gives details of the final rod being removed from his leg, while dismissing Helmut Marko’s recent disparaging remarks which he says are part of another agenda.
Reacting to Marko’s claim, in a recent edition of Red Bulletin, that Webber is only unbeatable in one or two races per year and was not on the same level as world champion Sebastian Vettel, Webber said, “Look, everyone at this level has their own agendas and it’s been evident for a long time now that I’ve never been a part of Marko’s.”
With regard to his leg, which he broke badly in a cycling accident in January 2009, the straight talking Aussie revealed, “I had the final procedure on my right leg at the start of December  to remove the remaining piece of metalwork, a 40cm titanium rod. The surgery went very smoothly and my recovery was exceptional.”
Webber shed light on the subsequent recovery, “I had a few weeks off from my normal training schedule but I was able to ease myself back into it by the first week of January and now I’m back into it properly. I didn’t really know what to expect from having it removed, apart from my own peace of mind, but I’m very happy that some of the niggles and pain I’ve sometimes experienced with my training over the past three years already seem to be a thing of the past.”
Looking ahead to the 2013 season Webber predicted, “I’m sure we’ve got another exciting and challenging season ahead, and it’ll be interesting to see who comes out of the gates strongly; you might get an inkling from pre-season testing to the form book but it’s only when we arrive in Melbourne for the first race that the gloves really come off.”
Webber will be starting his seventh season with Red Bull, one of the longest driver/team pairings on the grid, in the RB9, another Adrian Newey creation.
“I’m certainly looking forward to getting my hands on the RB9 and I also have a new race engineer in Simon Rennie. It’s going to be important to have a solid pre-season with him after spending some six years with Ciaron Pilbeam who I had a long and enjoyable relationship with, but he’s no longer with the team,” said Webber.
The season kicks off at his home race in Mebourne, on the weekend of 15 to 17 March. It is the venue of his F1 debut with Minardi back in 2002, but has to date not proved a happy hunting ground as in 11 races on home soil his best result was fourth, last year.
“I’m looking forward to starting the season in Australia having prepared very well for it over the past two months. But it’s clear there’s no point getting too far ahead of yourself, so it’s a case of taking each week, test and race as it comes,” concluded Webber.
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