Webber will miss “special circuits” after F1 exit

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Mark Webber says the thrill of driving F1 cars on some of the world’s best racing circuits is what he will miss most about Formula One.

“I think there are some special circuits which we race on,” said Webber after his final race at Interlagos yesterday. “Obviously Suzuka, Spa, Monte Carlo, Silverstone, even here to a degree.”

Webber will drive for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship next year, which has rounds at Spa, Silverstone and Interlagos, as well as the La Sarthe circuit which hosts the Le Mans 24 Hours.

“There are some really nice circuits which, when you have the car in the window,” said Webber, “particularly in qualifying, there’s not much that can please a driver more than having the car on the edge and having yourself on the edge in the ultimate machine and that is something which I will miss.”

However he said he was wary of losing the ability to compete at the highest level after 12 seasons in F1. “You also have to respect that you want to make sure that you’re getting the best out of yourself in that scenario,” he said.

“If you think you’re a little bit off, then it’s not as rewarding as it once was. I will miss those scenarios.”

Webber said he will also miss “the perfection that goes on in this game, especially with a team like Red Bull, the amount of work that goes in, the details”.

“It’s quite inspiring to watch the relentless approach with the work, that’s something which I’ve learned a lot and I will take it to future challenges around the corner.”

However Webber added he was looking forward to not having to travel as much and being able to relax more. “I’m not young but I’m not old,” he said, “I’m in the window, it’s a good time for me to get that balance, a little bit less intensity in the private life and also in the professional life.”

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”