Webber: We need quality events, quality drivers, quality teams and keep that going

Mark Webber during his final season in Formula 1

Mark Webber during his final season in Formula 1

Elder statesman Mark Webber, who is preparing to leave Formula 1 after more than a decade at the highest level, has warned the sport to insist upon quality.

Hitting out at pay-drivers keeping more talented drivers off the grid, Australian Webber also criticised unpopular yet lucrative races like this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix.

Telling British broadcaster Sky the pay-driver situation is “not right”, Webber said: “We’ve got to be careful we don’t have a bit of a vacuum not having those top boys come through.”¬†Another problem, he said, is races like Korea.

“I think keeping the quality is important, keeping the quality events,” said Webber, as Formula 1 congregates for the fourth but perhaps last time in Mokpo, an odd and eerie place for a grand prix, where journalists and mechanics stay in ‘love motels’.

There should be no empty grandstands in Formula 1 says Mark Webber

There should be no empty grandstands in Formula 1 says Mark Webber

“Korea, there’s no one there,” Webber complained. “We need to have quality events, quality drivers, quality teams and keep that going.”

Korea has been given only a provisional date on the bustling 22-race 2014 calendar, with promoter Won-Hwa Park admitting he is trying to negotiate a better deal with Bernie Ecclestone.

Asked what chance there is of a race next year, he admitted: “I would say 50-50, but we are very much firm [about] continuously holding this event.” (GMM)

Subbed by AJN.