Webber unmoved by comments

  • Last Updated: January 30 2013, 8:48 GMT

Mark Webber has expressed little surprise at recent criticism from Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko ahead of the new Formula One season.

Webber (left): Brushed off comments
Webber (left): Brushed off comments

In an interview earlier this month with Red Bull's in-house magazine, the Red Bulletin, Marko questioned Webber's mental approach.

At the time Marko said: "It seems to me that Webber has on average two races per year where he is unbeatable, but he can't maintain this form throughout the year.

"And as soon as his prospects start to look good in the world championship, he has a little trouble with the pressure that this creates.

"In comparison with Seb (Vettel's) rising form, it seems to me that Mark's form somehow flattens out.

"Then, if some technical mishap occurs, like with the alternator for example, he falls relatively easily into a downward spiral."

Via his personal website, asked for his reaction, Webber said: "Look, everyone at this level has their own agendas and it's been evident for a long time now that I've never been a part of Marko's."

Regardless, it is the kind of remark Webber could do without going into his seventh season at Red Bull and after watching team-mate Sebastian Vettel win the last three world championships.

Webber at least admits to being pain free now after surgery in early December to remove the final piece of metalwork - a 40cm titanium rod - from his right leg after a cycling accident in 2008.

"The surgery went very smoothly and my recovery was exceptional," said Webber.

"I didn't really know what to expect from having it removed, apart from my own peace of mind.

"But I'm very happy some of the niggles and pain I've sometimes experienced with my training over the past three years already seem to be a thing of the past."

With Red Bull launching their new car for this season, the RB9, on Sunday, Webber faces a further fresh challenge in that he will be working with a new engineer, Simon Rennie, for this season.

"It's going to be important to have a solid pre-season with him after spending some six years with Ciaron Pilbeam who I had a long and enjoyable relationship with, but he's no longer with the team," added Webber.

"I'm looking forward to starting the season in Australia (on March 17) having prepared very well for it over the past two months.

"But it's clear there's no point getting too far ahead of yourself, so it's a case of taking each week, test and race as it comes."


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