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5 Reasons Why Mark Webber is Better off Without F1

As we all know, Mark Webber is at the end of this year leaving Formula 1.

After more than a decade in the business (with a large and loyal following, albeit minimal success) he is off to drive for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship in what may well career wise be an excellent move.

F1 is in many ways a stagnant industry – here are 5 reasons Mark Webber is better off without it and out of the business altogether.

The Money

Not really anything to do with getting more of it – to be honest, it’s more the other way around. We all know the money in F1 is silly…the sponsor’s, the business deals, the parties, the girls….it all adds up to a lucrative but otherwise fairly boring and ‘safe’ environment

The Racing

If F1 is a safe environment both on and off the track, the world of Porsche will seem like a breath of fresh air and the most rebellious thing Webber has ever done in comparison. The racing will be intense and the pressure in many ways greater than in F1…something Webber will undoubtedly relish.

The Back to Basics Approach

Arguably Webber will ultimately benefit in the Porsche Cup because he’s a proper man. Without taking it away from any if the other F1 drivers out there…it’s safe to assume that because Webber is the oldest he also has the most distrust of the technical wizardry that rules the roost these days. I may be wrong, but….

The Lifestyle

When anyone gets to a certain age, with responsibilities, they like to take a step back and admit that family comes first. F1 doesn’t give you that option…and the alone time living out of hotels must get wearing. Things won’t automatically change at Porsche, but they’ll certainly have a different outlook on the work/life balance.

Finding Success

It’s safe to say that Webber has had less success than expected in the past couple of years. Ultimately, without motivation and the mental strength to carry on in the industry, success won’t be there, and he’s far better off finding an avenue to pursue which makes him feel passionate about racing again.

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Mark Webber Leaving F1


  1. stafford hall says:

    Minimal success? You have to be joking!

    November 7th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

  2. Bob says:

    f1 is better off without webber

    November 10th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

  3. Realist says:

    Who cares? f1 is nothing but another money sport, where nothing else matters. Let alone it sends you to sleep watching it. Anyone that can watch it must have an extremely low iq.

    November 14th, 2013 at 2:26 am

  4. Maggie says:

    Thanks for the memories Mark.All the best in your new endevour.

    November 17th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

  5. Mario says:

    I think this segment of motor will benefit greatly with his partricipitation due to his profile, in fact redbull should be the name of the team.

    November 18th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  6. PeterC says:

    Jacob, you’re so apathetic & disrespectful of a sportsperson who gave his all.

    “minimal success” ? Had Mark been given Seb’s car instead from the beginning, he’d probably be looking at 4 straight Championships.

    “without motivation and the mental strength” After 4 years, how much longer do you expect him to be dumbed down as Number 2 driver and still have motivation?

    November 19th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

  7. novus says:

    Nice try at baiting Bob.. lol

    November 19th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

  8. Tim says:

    He won’t have Sebastian Vettel as a team mate.

    November 21st, 2013 at 7:45 am

  9. craig says:

    Of course, he wont have to put up with the belligerent and arrogant little upstart Vettel any longer either. Now thats gotta be a bonus.

    November 22nd, 2013 at 1:14 pm

  10. Jacob says:

    True, Peter – I agree. I do however think it’s important in these situations to play devil’s advocate slightly.

    It’s true that compared to many the ratio of success to time involved in the sport is minimal. I never said that it was his fault, however. A driver as good as Webber had to find a drive at some point that suited him. F1 didn’t.

    To clarify, Webber is doing a smart thing by leaving the sport – in fact, it’s added to the respect and admiration I have for him as a person and a driver. Hope to see him do well at Porsche!

    November 22nd, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  11. Tom says:

    F1 is slightly boring how many more years do we have to see Vettiel winning every race, it has become like the Schumacher era when all you saw was him winning.

    Hats off and full respect to them but it just become boring after a while

    November 25th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  12. Mick says:

    One year at Porsche, then he will return to Ferrari….it’s on the grapevine. It just couldn’t be done for 2014. Much to many peoples disappointment. The contract he signed has an out clause.

    November 26th, 2013 at 5:53 am

  13. Aaron says:

    “Arguably Webber will ultimately benefit in the Porsche Cup…”

    Yeah, nah, Mark won’t be racing in the Porsche Cup next year. Let’s see how long it takes you to work out which competition he will actually race in, haha!

    November 26th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

  14. G.Best says:

    Here are my 5 reasons;
    1.) Because he is an Aussie whinger
    2.) He cat hack it in F1
    3.) Vettel is head and shoulders above him
    4.) He is simply to old
    5.) He is not worth F1 money – Porsche pays a fraction of what Red Bull gave him.

    November 28th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  15. G.Best says:

    Return to Ferrari?? Post the links from where you got this nonsense! The closest this dork will ever get to a Ferrari was when he hitched a ride on Alonso’s car-
    Ferrari are not in the habit of hiring untalented Aussie pensioners.

    November 28th, 2013 at 2:02 pm