Webber considers himself to be as good as many champions

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Mark Webber believes that he is just as good as many drivers who have won a Formula One world championship despite never managing the feat himself.

The Australian driver is entering the final three races of his Formula One career as he prepares to move to Porsche’s Le Mans programme in 2014. However, he made clear that he has few regrets from his time in the sport, and that his achievements with Red Bull give him a career to be proud of.

“I think that I did my absolute best at the time,” Webber said. “I never ever would have thought that I would have had a grand prix career of 215 races and forty podiums and some special victories, and lots of good highlights. But you always want more, it’s human nature.

“Obviously you’re measured maybe on championships. Do I see myself in the same calibre as some of the single world champions? Of course I do. I’m still very proud of what I’ve achieved. Am I multiple world champion? Probably not, but I still believe its been a very proud and honest career for myself.”

Webber came close to winning the drivers’ championship back in 2010, losing out to teammate Sebastian Vettel at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi. Both drivers will return to the Yas Marina circuit this weekend in what will be Webber’s final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and he will be keen on claiming his tenth career victory in order to sign off in style.

Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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