Webber admits quit fears drive him crazy as new season looms

Mark Webber
Mark Webber

Aston Clinton’s mosty famous motorist Mark Webber says he is being driven crazy by fears over timing his retirement from the sport.

The Red Bull ace, who at 36 will replace Michael Schumacher as the oldest driver in the 2013 F1 field when the season gets under way in March, was responding to questions about when he will retire.

And he conceded the delicate timing between when to go and staying too long will be tough.

Webber said: “I haven’t been there yet but it is going to be a very difficult moment, no question about it.

“I suppose it’s just about getting the timing right — not pulling the plug too early, knowing you have more to give of yourself, or going too long and not being quick enough or struggling to do the things you used to be able to do. That can become an issue as well.”

Although the Stag at Mentmore co-owner won at Monaco and Silverstone last year – and was in the world championship hunt until halfway through the season – he was again outperformed by team-mate and reigning world champ Seb Vettel.

He is entering his 12th F1 season and his seventh with Red Bull where his contract expires at the end of the year.