Webber: When I step out of the car for the last time I will be fine with it

Final grand prix weekend for Mark Webber

Final grand prix weekend for Mark Webber

Straight talking Mark Webber will not be gifted a tenth career win as he bows out of Formula 1 in Brazil this weekend, and the Australian would not want it any other way.

The 37-year-old Australian’s long grand prix career will end at Interlagos, but even the temptation to right the ‘Multi-21′ wrongs would not convince teammate Sebastian Vettel to voluntarily end his winning streak and move over for Webber.

And, anyway, “Mark would not want to be gifted a win,” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said. “It would be great to see him win his final race, what a way to sign out.”

But Horner said that Vettel, who ignored a team order in Malaysia and passed Webber for an unpopular and highly controversial victory, will be focused on chasing his ninth consecutive win.

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Mark Webber’s familiar helmet will be missed on the F1 scene

“Sebastian is going to be going for that record as well and as usual it will be a straight fight between the two of them,” he said.

There will be a lot of ‘lasts’ in Brazil this weekend; The last race of the V8 era. Felipe Massa’s final grand prix in red. McLaren‘s last with Vodafone branding.

Webber is typically blunt. “You have to let go,” he said.

“You can’t be half pregnant!” he told Formula 1’s official website. “You [stop] or you don’t. And do something else,” added Webber, who is moving to the Le Mans series with Porsche.

“I accept that I am a not super young any more,” added Webber. “Most of the decision is for the off-track stuff. You want to have more balance away from the racing.”

Mark Webber last win was at the 2012 British GP

Mark Webber last win was at the 2012 British GP

He admits that his battles with Vettel, on and off the track, have often been fraught, but he is not bitter. His biggest regret is being narrowly beaten to the 2010 crown.

“But that’s life,” said Webber. “If you shoot for the stars you sometimes miss.

“Formula 1] has changed quite a bit in the last few years, I’ve done what I can but there comes a point where it’s not what it once was – it’s a little bit different,” he told reporters last week in Austin.

“When I step out of the car for the last time I will be fine with it. Back to the UK Sunday night, walk the dogs on Tuesday morning.” (GMM)

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  • Spartacus

    Still one of the top drivers ever to have driven an F1 car. He will be missed.

  • Red Bull Cheats.

    No he wont! He has no sense of team loyalty and has done little to benefit the team. Good riddance.

  • MightyK

    My sentiments also! No more ‘men’ in F1 any longer (give or take a couple).

    @Red Bull Cheat
    Doesn’t that start with ‘the team’? Red Bull NEVER demonstrated any! Bad take.

  • bobw

    I won’t miss his nasty attitude.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    Nice that some fu€#er is posting using my name, again. Whomever you are, grow some balls and put your own name there or fu€# off!

    My opinion of Webber is the team shafted him for years and he deserves to be disloyal to them Now he can’t wait to race in a competition where he can go full speed, not tip toe around saving tires as the joke of F1 has become. Good for him.

  • Boycottthebull

    Bobw – His nasty attitude? Your a known webber hater who writes the same nasty stuff under several usernames on every article that mentions Webber. When your finished with your Vettel love affair maybe you will hear your own nasty words.

  • Ukwhite

    Incorrect mate… Webber made bigger mistakes than Seb. I closely follow Mark, he has recently recognized that a lower age difference would have helped him to get closer to Vettel. Lately also he openly recognized Vettel’s superiority. He missed an opportunity for a great camaraderie, both are great personalities and drivers. Time will cure, they will become closer for a stiff glass of red wine as Mark said.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    @ Boycottthebull, Thanks for revealing the fraud who wants to use my name. But he puts a DOT at the end of Red Bull Cheats. to show that he is not me. Classic idiot.