Emotional Webber bows out with podium

By on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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An emotional Mark Webber said he was pleased to bow out of Formula 1 by finishing on the podium and sharing the experience with Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

Webber started his 215th and final race in the sport in Brazil and finished in second place.

The Australian will remain in competitive action in 2014 as he moves to Porsche for an assault on the World Endurance Championship.

"It was nice to take the helmet off for the final lap," he said. "In this sport it’s not always possible to give things a personal touch. We have the helmets on all the time, so they fans don’t always see a Formula One driver in a car without a helmet."

"It was nice to get it off and see the marshals and the fans; it was just a really nice thing to experience. I heard a lot of noises that I don’t normally hear."

"The difficult part for me today was actually getting in to the car for the final time. I was overcome with some emotion then to be honest. That moment of the helmet going on and stepping into the car was actually the strongest emotion I’ve had all day."

"Then crossing the line and seeing all the guys was great. Christian Horner] radioed me and said enjoy the last lap, which I did. I did it as slow as I could; it was a very special day."

"Seb and I have had our challenges over time and it’s easier to have a relationship with Fernando, as he’s in another team, but to finish on the podium with those two guys – well, they have been the best of this generation. I have raced them a lot and to finish with those guys was nice for me because it meant a lot, showing that I can drive well at the end of my career and that I got the timing right."

"Formula One is a sport which I’ve loved. I could never have dreamt of the career that I’ve had, the tremendous highs, the tough lows – you know they have to happen and you learn from adversity. The biggest and strongest memories you have are from when you are in the car; it’s what we were tuned and trained to do. Driving on the limit is what I was paid to do and what I enjoyed doing. They are the strongest memories you have as an individual at this level."

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