'Webber has trouble with pressure' - Marko

'Webber has trouble with pressure' - Marko

8 January 2013 – Dr. Helmut Marko, advisor for the Red Bull Formula 1 team, believes Mark Webber struggles more than team-mate Sebastian Vettel when it comes to title-deciding situations, claiming the Australian 'has a little trouble' coping with pressure.

Marko, who contested a handful of Formula 1 races in the early 1970s, reckons that although Webber can still produce unbeatable performances on his day, a lack of consistency is hindering his chances of fighting for the World Championship.

Helmut Marko
"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," Marko explained during an interview with the monthly Red Bulletin magazine. "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'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. No driver remains unaffected by this, because the tension is palpable."

Marko went on to use Webber's narrow title miss in 2010 as a case study, with the 36-year-old losing out to Vettel despite entering the final race seven points ahead.

"In 2010, it was particularly extreme," Marko said of the title showdown. "Webber headed into the final race with better chances than Vettel, and he probably carried the disappointment of his defeat into the 2011 season, which is so easy to understand."

Webber will share the Red Bull garage with Vettel for a fifth season in 2013.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 28 August 2016

  2. 14:55

    In full: 2016 Belgian Grand Prix race result

    F1
  3. Rosberg wins dramatic Belgian Grand Prix 14:51

    Rosberg wins dramatic Belgian Grand Prix

    Nico Rosberg took victory in an incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix, which was split in two after a heavy crash for Kevin…

    F1
  4. Magnussen taken to hospital with ankle cut 14:26

    Magnussen taken to hospital with ankle cut

    Kevin Magnussen has been transported to hospital for routine checks after sustaining an ankle injury during a high-speed crash…

    F1
  5. Belgian GP halted after Magnussen crash 13:31

    Belgian GP halted after Magnussen crash

    Sunday afternoon's Belgian Grand Prix has been suspended after 10 laps following an enormous accident for Renault driver Kevin…

    F1
  6. 12:42

    Follow the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix live!

    F1
  7. 12:30

    F1 photos: Sunday at Spa-Francorchamps

    F1
  8. 12:22

    Revised starting grid for the Belgian GP

    F1
  9. Mercedes breaks seal on Hamilton's gearbox 12:16

    Mercedes breaks seal on Hamilton's gearbox

    Mercedes has broken an FIA seal on Lewis Hamilton's gearbox ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, in a move that will enable him to…

    F1
  10. 10:14

    GP2 photos: Sunday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP2
  11. Giovinazzi beats Malja to victory in Belgium 10:12

    Giovinazzi beats Malja to victory in Belgium

    Antonio Giovinazzi claimed his third GP2 victory of the season as he passes Gustav Malja mid-distance during the Sprint Race at…

    GP2
  12. Honda confirms 60-place penalty for Alonso 09:58

    Honda confirms 60-place penalty for Alonso

    McLaren engine supplier Honda has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will take a 60-place penalty for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix…

    F1
  13. 09:01

    GP3 photos: Sunday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP3
  14. Aitken takes maiden GP3 victory at Spa 08:58

    Aitken takes maiden GP3 victory at Spa

    Renault youngster Jack Aitken secured his maiden GP3 victory during a race punctuated by Safety Car periods at…

    GP3
  15. Steiner: Gutiérrez grid penalty 'very unfair' 08:42

    Steiner: Gutiérrez grid penalty 'very unfair'

    Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has labelled Esteban Gutiérrez's grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix as "very unfair…

    F1
  16. Hamilton prefers grid over pit lane start 08:33

    Hamilton prefers grid over pit lane start

    Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton says he was always eager to start the Belgian Grand Prix from the grid, rather than…

    F1
  17. Software issue hurt Williams in qualifying 07:22

    Software issue hurt Williams in qualifying

    Williams has confirmed that both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were hampered by a software problem on their power units…

    F1
  18. Video of the Day: Ricciardo in Los Angeles 05:04

    Video of the Day: Ricciardo in Los Angeles

    Daniel Ricciardo, along with a close group of friends, visits Los Angeles to experience its car culture.

    F1
  19. 04:34

    IndyCar photos: Saturday's Firestone 600

    Indy
  20. Rahal steals Texas victory from Hinchcliffe 04:32

    Rahal steals Texas victory from Hinchcliffe

    Graham Rahal will be credited with leading one lap in a race that spanned two months, but he led the lap that matters most…

    Indy
  21. Saturday 27 August 2016

  22. 17:38

    F1 photos: Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps

    F1
  23. Pérez: Force India maximised qualifying 17:36

    Pérez: Force India maximised qualifying

    Sergio Pérez reckons Force India maximised its potential by claiming sixth and seventh on the grid for the Belgian Grand…

    F1
  24. 17:08

    GP3 photos: Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP3
  25. Leclerc controls GP3 opener in Belgium 17:06

    Leclerc controls GP3 opener in Belgium

    Ferrari protégé Charles Leclerc claimed his third GP3 Series victory of the season after dominating proceedings at…

    GP3
  26. Ricciardo 'not too disappointed' with qualifying 16:56

    Ricciardo 'not too disappointed' with qualifying

    Daniel Ricciardo says he is "not too disappointed" with his fifth-place grid slot in Belgium, given this weekend's precarious…

    F1
  27. Button: Q2 lap as good as 2012 pole run 15:50

    Button: Q2 lap as good as 2012 pole run

    Jenson Button reckons the lap he posted to reach the final phase of qualifying in Belgium was as good as his run to pole…

    F1
  28. 15:48

    GP2 photos: Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps

    GP2
  29. Gasly extends advantage with third GP2 victory 15:46

    Gasly extends advantage with third GP2 victory

    Pierre Gasly moved into a 23-point advantage in the GP2 Series as he cruised to his third victory of the season at…

    GP2
  30. Hamilton: Spa 'worst time' to take penalties 15:17

    Hamilton: Spa 'worst time' to take penalties

    Lewis Hamilton says the Belgian Grand Prix has proven to be the "worst time" to take his engine-related grid penalties, given…

    F1
  31. Räikkönen felt pole position was possible 15:03

    Räikkönen felt pole position was possible

    Kimi Räikkönen felt that pole position was within his and Ferrari's reach at the Belgian Grand Prix, after finishing within…

    F1
  32. Verstappen: Red Bull can be 'very pleased' 14:42

    Verstappen: Red Bull can be 'very pleased'

    Max Verstappen reckons Red Bull can be "very pleased" with its efforts during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, as he…

    F1
  33. Rosberg relieved by pole on 'difficult weekend' 14:32

    Rosberg relieved by pole on 'difficult weekend'

    Nico Rosberg expressed his relief as he collected pole position for the sixth time this season despite enduring a "difficult…

    F1
  34. 14:06

    Belgian Grand Prix: Full qualifying results

    F1
  35. Rosberg beats Verstappen to Belgian GP pole 14:05

    Rosberg beats Verstappen to Belgian GP pole

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen to pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, taking advantage of…

    F1
  36. Gutiérrez hit with five-place grid penalty 13:34

    Gutiérrez hit with five-place grid penalty

    Haas' Esteban Gutiérrez has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix following an incident with Manor…

    F1
  37. 12:46

    Follow qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix!

    F1
  38. Hamilton up to 55-place grid penalty at Spa 11:08

    Hamilton up to 55-place grid penalty at Spa

    Mercedes has confirmed that it has carried out further changes to Lewis Hamilton's F1 W07 Hybrid on Saturday morning in Belgium…

    F1
  39. 11:06

    Belgian Grand Prix: Full Practice 3 results

    F1
  40. Räikkönen puts Ferrari on top in final practice 11:04

    Räikkönen puts Ferrari on top in final practice

    Kimi Räikkönen put Ferrari on top during final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and…

    F1
  41. Wolff: I'll make sure Vandoorne gets seat 10:37

    Wolff: I'll make sure Vandoorne gets seat

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has promised to find Stoffel Vandoorne a seat in Formula 1 for the 2017 season, if McLaren-Honda does…

    F1
  42. 09:52

    Follow final practice for the Belgian GP!

    F1
more news