Red Bull’s Mark Webber hints at F1 exit in event of title

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Mark Webber - hints at F1 exit (Photo: PH-Stop)

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Mark Webber has revealed he would be unsure over his long-term involvement in Formula 1 should he manage to win the world championship before 2012.

As one of the older drivers on the grid, Webber signed only a one-year contract extension earlier this year to see him through to the end of 2011. The Aussie has recorded four wins from the opening 12 races to lead the championship going into the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

For Red Bull the decision will depend on Webber’s performances and his desire to win at the age of 35, but they are not short of options if he decides to call it a day. Talented Swiss youngster Sébastien Buemi is waiting in the wings at sister team Toro Rosso, while Brit Paul di Resta has also shown promise in free practice and will look to enter F1 in 2011 or 2012.

“I cannot guarantee that my head will be in the same place in 2012,” Webber told Esporte Espetacular. “For sure I want to go for the championship. I know that it changes people’s lives, changes the person and I want to know how it feels.”

Webber also hinted that when his time in F1 does end, he could see himself mentoring young people who expect little from their life before retiring to Australia.

“I want them to realise that they can dream higher and achieve,” he said. “Maybe I will do a little mountain climbing, who knows.

“I’ll definitely do some more sporting challenges before I get too old and return to Australia to drink red wine.”

Webber leads the world championship with 161 points to Lewis Hamilton’s 157 with seven races remaining.

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