Mark Webber says that he is pleased with his own form in 2013 despite having failed to win a race.
Webber’s 2013 has been plagued by misfortune, retiring from three of the last four races due to mechanical problems.
But the Australian, who will move to Porsche’s LMP1 project in 2014, remains happy with his own form.
“The reason I got to Formula 1 is because I hung in there and fought like hell,” he said ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“It’s a similar finish actually: I didn’t expect to have the little challenges in my last season as I’m having.”
“But for whatever reason, whether it’s fuel, whether its tyres off in pitstops, whether it’s KERS and seamless shift in qualifying, on weekends when I’m competitive.”
“Some weekends we can have those problems when you can still qualify towards the front, but some weekends where you can’t. Not to mention obviously the race non-finishes. So we certainly have ticked a lot of boxes which was unforeseen. Obviously we’ve got very high standards. Last time we wrapped the Constructors’ [championship] up in America I had an alternator failure as well – so maybe there’s something in that.”
“But anyway I’ve been dealt a pretty good hand in my career. I look back on what I’ve achieved and what I’ve done and I still have the chance to get some very nice memories in the last three races. I’m happy my form has not been the problem – that’s something I can take away.”
“I know some guys completely f*** up the timing [of retiring from Formula 1] but I think the timing has still been okay for me. There’s a lot of things out of your control but that’s just the way it is sometimes.”