Mark Webber, Red Bull, Jerez, 2011

Webber: ‘I thought about Kubica during test’

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Jerez, 2011
Mark Webber, Red Bull, Jerez, 2011

Mark Webber gave his view on whether F1 drivers should race in other disciplines, following Robert Kubica’s crash last weekend.

Webber said he thinks drivers need challenges outside of F1:

“We need to feel alive away from the track, clearly. Obviously there are some disciplines which are more risky than others. If you look at the particular sport that Robert loves away from Formula 1 obviously we know that there is a risk added to that.

“I remember having dinner with him at Monza last year and we spent 90 minutes talking about pace notes. You could see him just light up talking about his pace notes and how he studies the sport that he loves.

“Clearly he was incredibly lucky to survive. At the end of the day when you are an adult, you make the decisions.

“I also accept that you have a big team of people around you and behind you, as a professional you represent them as well which he does at Enstone. It’s never easy to have the balance right.

“I’ve done a lot of mountain biking since my accident. I’ve never missed a Grand Prix. You have to do things away from the track. It’s been happening for 50 years and it will happen for the future 50 years.”

Webber has suffered a broken leg and injured shoulder in the past two years while training outside of F1. But he played down comparisons with Kubica saying, “I scratched my fingernail compared to what Robert did.”

He added: “I thought about him a lot in the car today. Particularly when you see the Renault or Enstone or Lotus car, whatever it’s called. You think of him.”

Webber cautioned that Kubica faces a long recovery period:

“The rehabilitation is the hardest part because it gets incredibly frustrating. The constant, boring stuff which is the challenge for any sportsman or woman who is coming back, because normally we’re so active.

“He knows this completely. He knows exactly what’s ahead and mentally he’s completely strong enough to get over this.

“Sometimes the hurdle is thrown at the toughest guys. He is one of these guys.”

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