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Posted By: James Allen  |  25 Mar 2010   |  5:25 am GMT  |  114 comments

Mark Webber has hit back at suggestions that he may retire from Formula 1 at the end of this season.


The 33 year old Australian arrived in the Melbourne paddock today with stories swirling around him thanks to an intervention from Lewis Hamilton, who suggested that he might retire at the end of the season, ”I don’t know how long he [Webber] plans to stay in F1, but I get the sense that it’s one of the years if he wants to finish on top and perhaps call it a day,” he said.

But Webber said, “I’m very motivated, enjoying my job and looking forward to a great season. I have no intention of retiring whatever kind of season I have. It’s Lewis’ opinion and he’s free to have that. I’ve not got a big problem with what he said. I’m very happy at the moment. It’s a good situation for me.”

There have been suggestions that Kimi Raikkonen’s relationship with Red Bull in rallying may bring him back to F1 with the company’s F1 team. Team management sources have downplayed this, but it remains an option for both parties. It is a story which will hang in the air all year and will only intensify if Webber doesn’t perform.

Hamilton’s interjection comes on the back of his own assertion after the forst race that Red Bull had a huge advantage over the rest and McLaren boss Ron Dennis’s suggestion last week that the real reason why Sebastian Vettel had to slow down in Bahrain was that the Red Bull team was concerned about running out of fuel, “The lap times dropped so rapidly that one can imagine the electronic control unit switching to a conservative programme to save fuel,” he said. “The problem with the Red Bull could be design. It could be the fuel tank is too small, or the fuel consumption is higher than they expected.”

What is interesting about this comment is the first sentence and the decision to refer to the ECU, which is manufactured by McLaren at Woking. It is hard to imagine that Dennis would have access to information on the Red Bull ECU.

Red Bull is a bit mystified about why McLaren should be talking so much about them at this time.

Meanwhile Webber said that it would be “beautiful” to win his home Grand Prix, “The car is working well and we have the best opportunity to have a crack at it,” he said.

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hi love this very nice webside then There have been suggestions that Kimi Raikkonen’s relationship with Red Bull in rallying may bring him back to F1 with the company’s F1 team. Team management sources have downplayed this, but it remains an option for both parties. It is a story which will hang in the air all year and will only intensify if Webber doesn’t perform.

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I have no intention of retiring whatever kind of season I have” doesn’t mean Webber will stay at Red Bull next season.

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He’s doing one more year then he’ll quit at the top

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Nobody seems to have picked up on the absolutely priceless reply to Dennis’ ECU speculation from Christian Horner in the second Friday press conference:

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(Ralf Bach – R & B) Christian, I was very surprised last week by learning from Ron Dennis about your real problems in the race in Bahrain with Sebastian. He said your tank is simply too small.

Christian Horner: I guess the problem with age is that your hearing tends to fail you a little bit and perhaps Ron didn’t hear the misfire that was there and probably didn’t see the fact that the other car also finished the race without any issues at all. It wasn’t anything to do with the size of the fuel tank. As I say it was a spark plug issue and that was it.

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Didn’t David Coulthard just recently voiced his opinion about Robert Kubica’s driving for Red Bull Racing in near future instead of wasting his time at Renault? I wouldn’t think Coulthard would be talking up his beloved Red Bull team, wouldn’t he?

Besides, saying “I have no intention of retiring whatever kind of season I have” doesn’t mean Webber will stay at Red Bull next season.

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James,

Do you believe Ron Dennis’s theory of Vettel running out of gas? I personally think it’s not an outrageous speculation if you look at Vettel’s qualifying pace and stopping on the track after crossing the line. Vettel was also pretty comfortable to keep Rosberg behind him in the last few laps.

One more thing, do you think it is a little arrogant for younter like Vettel saying things like “nobody is asking opinion from Ron Dennis” etc.

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“Red Bull is a bit mystified about why McLaren should be talking so much about them at this time.”

Pretty obvious I would have thought – McLaren don’t want the performance of the Renault engine being tinkered with. Ferrari have similarly been talking up Red Bull and putting themselves alongside McLaren and Mercedes in the chasing pack. It’s all the usual F1 politicking.

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There is no danger of the Renault being allowed to raise the performance of the engine.

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Wouldn’t Red Bull go for the cheaper, younger and superbly talented Daniel Riccardio?! Rather than some has been Kimi?? He’s only good for Citroen because Red Bull have made him a pay-rally driver. The reason Red Bull did that?? Because they are a promotionally driven company and obviously, Kimi fanboys would be stating their under dying love for rallying and Red Bull wanted to capitalise on that publicity. Masteschitz has already denied getting Kimi back.

Besides Mark Webber kept Vettel honest last year, despite still recovering from a broken leg and shoulder, which every has conveniently forgotten. I suspect that Webber and Vettel will remain with Red Bull at least until the end of 2011.

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That isn’t slamming.

It’s more like dismissing.

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InnocentBystander

Pretty weak attempt at mind games from Lewis I suspect.

Say what you will about Webber’s abilities as a driver (I rate him) but his mental toughness is unquestionable. If a broken leg and shoulder, coupled with next to no winter testing and his new wunderkind teammate didn’t get to him last year somehow I doubt Lewis has managed to get under his skin with his retirement comments. He’s going to have to try harder than that.

I think “slams” is a bit OTT isn’t it James?

As for Webber being replaced by Kimi…do any of you Kimi fanboy’s really think he would’ve done better than Webber in the Red Bull last season? Remember Webber was beating Seb with 5 races to go and tied him over the season for fastest laps. As for this season, it’s only been one race and people are calling for Webber’s head. Ridiculous.

Sometimes I think people watch the races with their eyes closed. Webber put on an overtaking clinic last season. So did Button and I suspect many of you thought he was “average” before last season. A driver can only get the results the car is capable of…Webber’s had one season and one race in a car capable of winning and he’s performed admirably.

As for the suggestions Webber is overrated….pull the other one. There is zero hype over Webber.

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Webber´s contract ends by the end of the year and if he underperforms red bull might look to replace him at the end of the year and Kimi will be a possibility.

Maybe Kimi will find the possibility of driving a Adrian Newey car again challenging.

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I think Mark Webber is better for F1 than Kimi. Kimi is a spoiled brat who always had one of the best cars in the field and only just one a world championship. Mark has had to drive every crap box out there and well he is still here that counts for a lot in F1. Kimi had it all the best car the best team and he couldn’t even be bothered. Now Webbo has the best car after 10 years of hard work i say go webber go. Hard work not spoiled rich kids is what F1 needs and so does the world for that matter. Kimi = Paris Hilton

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True. Kimi = Paris Hilton, Mark = Bruce Willis.

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Wonder why other real champions don’t need to resort to this type of mind games…

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I can’t think of any other champion who wasn’t involved in mind games. Maybe Raikkonen.

Did you miss the mind games between Alonso and (runner up) Massa even before the season?

In fact even a non champion like Webber does these things.

Remember how he said that Schumacher was in for a hard time? How he had never seen anyone make a good comeback (implying that Schumacher is not going to amount to anything)?

Or how he was bad mouthing the “kids” in F1? (although in his defense, in the first instance Vettel had just rammed him out of the race)

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You just succumbed to my mind games 😉

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Webber vastly overrated and will go down in history as a good ‘journeyman’…also isnt it true he has lied about his age…i mean come on, does he look 33 to you..!!!???

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Aside from the comments made by Ron Dennis about the ECU and the possibility that Red Bull may have a smaller fuel tank. I have read elsewhere that Renault have been granted dispensation to ‘develop’ their engine for ‘reliability’ and ‘cost’ reasons. Or could this be reason to address the potential fuel consumption issues?

We’ll have to wait and see whether the ‘conservative programme’ kicks in for anyone else during the season.

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I hope Webber does retire and Kimi comes back.

I still think a hungry and motivated Kimi Raikkonen is the best driver in the world, and with is year in WRC he might come back refreshed and ready to fight again.

Just think of his great performances, Spa 04, 08, 09, Suzuka 05, Monza 05 and Fuji 07. Webber is just a journeyman f1 driver Kimi can be electric when he wants to be.

Kimi is definitely the coolest driver in the sport, he isn’t a boyband member like Hamilton or Button, nor a politician like Alonso. He is an enigma who has a huge fanbase probably the biggest considering the other top drivers come from countries with huge populations whilst he comes from Finland. F1 would be a better place with Kimi back

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Hamilton should keep his big mouth shut.

Unlike Webber who is completely straight when giving his opinion, Hamilton is either churning out P.R. friendly empty sentences or is sticking his nose into someone else’s business.

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Wasn’t Lewis the one talking a while ago about how he nearly retired after lie-gate?

Lewis is a little soapie-drama queen!

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I agree with the majority here. This is mind games, pure and simple. Well done Lewis for getting inside the head of one of the Red Bull drivers.

Next question is how do you get inside Vettel’s head? I suggest labelling him an “unlucky” driver as that always seems to put a driver in a position where they have to field endless annoying questions whenever they have a bad race for the rest of their career. There’s certainly been enough incidents in his career to date to get some traction with this one.

As for the current best of the rest (Alonso of course, who did you think I meant?), that’s a whole different ball game. Good luck finding a weak spot. Although he does seem a little too fond of Flavio…

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If Vettel wasn’t prime for the “unlucky” tag before Melbourne, how about now?

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It seems as if F1 is so boring that part of the entertainment is about what is going to happen next year or in two years time (remember we are in the second race!). Now that Alonso-going-to-Ferrari speculation is finished, we have to find something else because overtaking is not likely to happen, at least for this season.

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I think you will be surprised over the course of the season. Things tend to get interesting more often than not as the season unfolds. There will be some overtaking at least on certain tracks, there will be safety cars, there will be weather-dictated races. I would really be surprised if most races are as boring as Bahrein, even if there is not any serious overtaking happening on the track. They will find ways to keep up the interest.

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i agree. And be carefull, because one day they must stop the racing,”too expensive”, and just go from gossip to gossip.

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“Red Bull is a bit mystified about why McLaren should be talking so much about them at this time.”

Welcome to the front of Formula 1, Red Bull…

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Webber has done next to nothing in F1, and that won’t change this year, even if the RB6 remains a step ahead throughout the season. He is simply not that good, and that’s why none of the top teams ever offered him a seat. If, as expected, he under-performs again this year, RBR will surely attempt to convince Kimi to come back to F1. Webber is a mediocre driver, no more, no less.

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I would counter that Red Bull is now one of the Top Teams and they have him in one of their seats.

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Williams and Renault come to mind? When Webber decided to take the Williams offer over the Renault offer Williams was a top 3 team then. Montoya had just won the last race of the season in Brazil so I don’t see how ‘none of the top teams ever offered him a seat’. Unfortunately, from then on in Williams went on a downhill slide after losing BMW. As SFW said himself, they are stronger with a manufacturer than without.

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Mediocre drivers don’t win F1 races. If Webber is mediocre was does it say for the people he beat that day? What does it say for F1 as a whole? Mediocre people don’t get wins unless it’s lucky wins like Fisicellas in Brazil 2003, where red flags and fuel can decide a victory. I suspect you don’t know about that race though and that you started watching only when Lewis Hamilton appeared.

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Its amazing how much more we are hearing from Hamilton, now he is his own man, and not under his fathers shadow

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McLaren mindgames is all.

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Another example is Redbull starting 10kg lighter at the start of the race. I saw an interview with Alonso and they asked him about it and said it was 6kg lighter. Refer to Alonso’s answer because it says it better then I can (he has more credability).

McLaren’s rear wing thing, some say it increases straight line speed by 10mph, others say 5km/h.

The only thing journalists get right is the quotations, but even then they get a little creative with them. But that’s more due to inaudible answers and translations on the audio recorders (you would think/hope).

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Absurd to think Kimi would want to come back. An overrated driver who ‘won’ a championship using an illegal car in the first race while the opposition imploded. Ferrari’s positive reaction to Alonso, and his easy instant dominance of Massa suggest the Kimi ‘legend’ was just a legend all along. Quick, but no consistency, and no bottle when the chips were down or his team mate is quick. There’s no way he’d dare take on Vettel at Red Bull, he’d lose 16-4 and be humiliated – he’ll stay out to preserve the mystique.

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I think you need to see the entire season through before you start basing your judgement based on just 1 race if I remember well Kimi had the measure of massa in his first season and P.s remember the mass damper system Alonso won the WDC in that season as well.

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Kimi pretty much had the measure of massa for the first part of 2008 too. Until Hamilton punted him out of Canada and they messed up the car for him.

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Yes, I mostly agree, I was being polemical because I get tired of fan obsession, but my words were over-strong. I’m a big believer in Massa, and hope he gets some good results this year, I think it’ll take time for him to get even with Alonso, but we’ll see. I felt he was always Kimi’s equal, just had to contend with being considered the B driver at first when Kimi arrived, then a couple of rash mistakes and he was an unfairly forgotten man that season, not least by his team. But I’m certainly not writing him off yet, his spirit is wonderful.

Mass dampers is a bit different because I don’t think they should ever have been banned! That seemed to me a ‘red-rule’ to help old Michael, but I take your point.

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“I felt he was always Kimi’s equal, just had to contend with being considered the B driver at first when Kimi arrived, then a couple of rash mistakes and he was an unfairly forgotten man that season, not least by his team.”

It’s unfortunate that F1 (or sports in general) works this way. Massa certainly had a bad start to the 2007 season and that affected his whole season. At the same time one should also remember that the 2008 season wasn’t really that bad for Kimi as people like to remember. He was contending for the WDC late into the season and was ahead of Massa in points, until a streak of very bad luck (including Hamilton slamming into him during the pits + sliding out in Spa when fighting for the win), causing him not to finish on points in 4 consecutive races. After that, his races improved again, but now he just had to support Massa.

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