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Sebastian Vettel will 'miss' Red Bull rival Webber

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Current world champion Sebastian Vettel has admitted he will miss his current team-mate Mark Webber when the Australian retires at the end of the season.

The Red Bull pair have had a difficult relationship in recent years as Vettel has romped to three (nearly four) world titles with the Australian only claiming eight wins in that time, a quarter of Vettel's tally.

The relationship really broke down after this year's Malaysian Grand Prix and the so-called 'Multi-21' saga when Vettel ignored team orders and passed Webber in the closing laps of the race to take the win, afterwards the German said he had done so because Webber "didn't deserve to win".

Despite that Vettel says he will miss the Aussie when he leaves for Le Mans racing with Porsche from 2014.

"You can say what you want about our relationship," he told the Austrian magazine Sportwoche, "but in the end we pushed each other very hard.

"I will miss that."

Meanwhile speaking in the recent edition of F1 Racing magazine, Webber revealed that the decision to quit F1 after this season was made because he was running out of motivation for the sport.

"I've been on the edge with F1, motivation-wise, for the past couple of years," he said.

That lack of motivation may explain Webber's demise from Vettel since the pair battled for the 2010 world title along with Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, indeed heading into this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, the 37-year-old is nearly 100 points behind his team-mate in the standings.

Vettel insists however that that gap is an unfair reflection of what Webber does.

"There has always been two or three corners where Mark has me biting my lip," he said. "You try to figure out what he is doing, which keeps you busy enough."

The pair have often clashed in the personality stakes, but Vettel insists that "even if it is perceived differently from the outside, it was important that I was always hungry".

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