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.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.