INTERLAGOS, November 21th, 2013 (F1plus/Bruno Ferreira).- Next Sunday, Mark Webber will go through a very emotional time as his 12 year F1 career is coming to the end. The same thing happened with his former teammate at Red Bull, David Coulthard, who said goodbye to grand prix racing at the end of 2008 season.
In an exclusive interview with F1Plus at Interlagos this Thursday, the Scottish said that the decision to leave F1 is not difficult as some people may think.
“You know, when you’re ready, you’re ready, so it’s not a problem”, he said.
“It’s better to make a decision when you’re in control at it rather than being the last one to know. So he proactively signed with sportscars and his career will continue. Life goes on”, added the former Williams, McLaren and Red Bull driver.
Asked if he had second thoughts about his retirement, he emphatically said: “No, no. It was a close chapter in my career.”
In his last F1 race, also at Interlagos, Coulthard received all the tributes from other drivers and from his team, which allowed him to race with a different car layout. However, after crashing out in the first corner of the race, he didn’t regret the way that his career ended.
“I remember doing the countdown to my last race here and I only made it to the first corner after I crashed with Nico [Rosberg] and his teammate [Kazuki Nakajima]. But it’s fine”, he said.
“It was disappointing, but we move forward. There was racing drivers that don’t do well in the past. From the moment that I crashed out, I was out. Is game over. It doesn’t matter what you want.
“There was already luck to have a good grand prix career, and there are lots of drivers who never get to drive a F1. I’ve done more than 240 races in F1 and crashed in the last one… Sébastien Loeb crashed out on his last rally. These things happen.”
The 2001 runner-up said that Webber can leave F1 happy with his achievements.
“I think he can be proud about his career in F1. He got really close to become world champion in 2010 and won several races, like Monaco twice, Silverstone twice.
“Now he’ll carry on his career with Porsche, so there is a very interesting future for him.”