Webber unaffected by Marko criticism
29 January 2013 – Mark Webber has responded to the negative comments made by Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko last month, with the 36-year-old Australian explaining that the ex-Formula 1 driver's controversial viewpoint is nothing new to him.
In a recent interview with the in-house Red Bulletin magazine, Marko argued that Webber struggles to cope with the pressure in title-deciding situations and 'falls into a downward spiral' if he is hit with technical issues. However, Webber has not taken the ex-Formula 1 driver’s words to heart and is undeterred ahead of the 2013 campaign.
Looking ahead to the new season, the 36-year-old Australian says his main priority will be to build an efficient working relationship with new race engineer Simon Rennie, who has moved over from Lotus.
"I’m certainly looking forward to getting my hands on the RB9 and I also have a new race engineer in Simon Rennie," said Webber. "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.
"I’m looking forward to starting the season in Australia 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."
Webber also confirmed that he is now back to a full training regime after his final leg surgery last month, with a 40cm titanium rod being removed. The Australian picked up the injury while competing in his annual Tasmania adventure event back in 2008.