INTERLAGOS, November 24th, 2013 (F1plus/Bruno Ferreira).- After finishing second at his last F1 race this Sunday, in the Brazilian GP, Mark Webber said he feels ready to turn the page in his career.
The Australian driver is moving to WEC pleased to have finished his time at Red Bull in the podium, alongside race winner Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, two of the best drivers of the moment.
“It was a very good finish to my career, a good fight with all the guys I’ve enjoyed fighting with for most of my career: Seb, Fernando, Lewis, Nico, all the guys who have been in the window for the last five or six years.
“It’s been a real pleasure to finish on the podium with arguable the two best guys of the generation”, he said.
“I’m happy to go and do something different now. It was a special day for myself, all the people that helped me get here. I want to thank the team; I enjoyed the last few laps.
“I want to thank everyone in Australia. I wouldn’t be here where I am without the support in the early days.”
However, the race wasn’t totally easy for the Red Bull duo, as both Webber and Vettel lost places at the start – Webber, fourth on the grid, finished the first lap on position behind.
“Both Seb and I had tough starts. I was happy to lose only to Lewis actually. I had a good little scrap in the first lap: Fernando and Lewis were having a good battle and then we settled into it.
“It looked like the Mercedes were struggling to hold the tempo of Fernando, myself and Seb, so we had to clear the Mercs as best as we could. And then it was coming up to Fernando, so managed to pass Fernando as well”, he described.
After the race, Webber took off his helmet when completing his in-lap to trying to show the human side of F1.
“In this sport, it’s not always easy to show the person that’s behind the wheel. We can in lots of other sports but in F1 we’ve always got the helmet so it was nice to drive back with the helmet off.”