Webber still in the F1 paddock despite retirement 11 March, 2014 Mark Webber during the Champion Edge event at Albert Park After more than a decade as a driver on the Formula 1 grid, Mark Webber will still be in the paddock this weekend as a new season begins, but as a VIP guest. But the Australian warned the sport’s regulars not to expect to see his chiselled jaw too often now that he has switched to Le Mans with Porsche. “I didn’t stop Formula 1 to hang out at race tracks all the time,” the 37-year-old told Fairfax Media. Earlier on Wednesday, Webber touched down in Melbourne, where he will spend the weekend as a guest commentator for host broadcaster Ten. He insisted: “It’s something I won’t be doing a huge amount of, that’s for sure.” For instance, Webber won’t even stick around for the race, having told Ten he will leave a probably rainy Melbourne late on Saturday bound for his holiday home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. “I don’t want to be a spare part,” he said. “I did my thing, mate, now I have other things to do.” According to Red Bull designer Adrian Newey, Webber quit at precisely the right moment, after even the lightest drivers like Lewis Hamilton had to dramatically lose weight over the winter months to prepare for the much heavier 2014 cars. “With Sebastian (Vettel) and Daniel (Ricciardo) we will reach the (weight) limit by the skin of our teeth,” Newey told the April edition of the Red Bulletin magazine. “Mark Webber would really be at a disadvantage this season.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsAustralian GP chairman Ron Walker steps downBriatore: Now we have drivers forced to behave on the track like accountantsWhiting reveals Red Bull were warned early in the raceLauda assures Hamilton his title fight is by no means overEcclestone: If you bought strawberry jam at the supermarket and you got peanut butter you’d be a bit pissed offStewart predicts very big safety problem with fuel savingAustralian Grand Prix: Team representatives press conference full transcriptLopez: We head into the first race of 2014 with a lot of expectation but many unknownsBoullier: I will feel proud arriving in Melbourne wearing McLaren team kitMagneti Marelli: In Melbourne, it could happen that no cars see the finish line http://batman-news.com BRIT MEDIA AT IT AGAIN Can’t blame him wanting to see up close Seb’s butt handed to him and then interview him on it. Just kidding guys. i would even just operate the wheel gun at Force India to be in the F1 circus.