SILVERSTONE, June 27th, 2013 (F1plus/R. Baillie).- Few people were surprised when the news broke, what was surprising however is that it was not the incident in Malaysia, which saw teammate Sebastian Vettel ignore team rules to pass him, that encouraged him to leave.
During Thursday’s Press Conference Webber said "The decision has been there for quite a long time for me actually, I've known for quite a while, and had a plan and stuck to it”.
The 2014 regulation changes may have also been a factor in his decision with him commenting that "There's going to be big, big changes in the sport next year so I may as well going to do those big, big changes where my future's going to be”.
When Webber leaves F1 at the end of the year he will have completed 11 years in the sport, after starting out in the sport back in 2002 with Minardi.
F1plus asked Mark what he will miss most about the sport, to which he replied: “being with some of these guys to be honest” and “working with guys like Adrian Newey, there’s thing like that which of course won’t go unnoticed”.
He also admitted that he will miss the excitement on the grid saying he will miss “the drug on the grid when the guys walk away from the car, that’s the best legal drug you can get”.
He also alluded to his age being a factor in his decision to leave saying that “as any sportsman or woman knows, you’re not 25 forever” “you’ve got the get the decision right and the timing right, “stopping when you’re still performing well.”
When asked who his replacement would be, he commented that he wasn’t up to him but he will continue to support the team. ‘I’ll watch with interest’.
The general consensus in the paddock here at the British Grand Prix is that one of F1’s most candid drivers will certainly be missed.