Webber glad to leave Formula 1 before performance slip

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Mark Webber says it is the right time for him to retire from Formula 1 as he does not want to remain in the sport if he cannot perform to his maximum.

Webber will drive in his last Formula 1 race this weekend before racing for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship next season.

"There are certain situations in Formula One that are super rewarding," he said.

"Obviously driving the car on the limit at certain venues is still very satisfying, no question about it."

"You’ve got Suzuka, Spa, Monte Carlo, come qualifying day and even racing, at certain circuits it’s very challenging and rewarding."

"So I’ll miss some of that. But I’m on a little bit of a slippery slope now, in terms of… you’ve got to be careful not to test it too much in terms of performance and what you used to be able to do. I still think I’m driving well but I don’t want to be around not driving well."

"So it’s inevitable that you’re going to miss certain parts, for sure the adrenaline and working with people like Adrian Newey. Stuff like that you don’t get to do that often obviously. That’ll be something I’ll miss a bit. But there comes a time when you’ve got to let go and I’ll still have good adrenaline next year obviously with Porsche and that’ll be a good balance."

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