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F1 teams still targeting Webber's services

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Mark Webber has admitted some F1 teams are still interested in his services in 2014 despite the Australian moving to Le Mans Racing with Porsche.

Webber who was linked with Ferrari on several occasions during his F1 career this week was given quite a strong parting shot by the company's President Luca di Montezemolo.

Speaking about the battle the team has had with Red Bull this season, Di Montezemolo claimed: "We should bear in mind that there's only one Red Bull getting the results."

That has been true in many ways with Webber over 100 points behind Vettel in the standings and has been the way since Vettel narrowly beat Webber to the championship in 2010.

"In the last few years in F1 I knew the desire and passion was starting to wane a little bit and it's not a sport you should be competing in if you're not giving it 100 per cent," the 37-year-old told reporters.  

Indeed reminiscing on his F1 career that saw him start with Minardi work up to Jaguar and Williams, Webber admitted there was one big mistake he made during his 12 year career and that was declining the chance to join Fernando Alonso at Renault for 2005, the year Renault became world champions.

"I turned it down unfortunately, that's the way it goes," said Webber. "It wasn't the best decision in the end."

While insisting he could have stayed in F1 in 2014, Webber said the time was right to leave before the new V6 turbo engine rules come in combined with the Pirelli era.

"There were still F1 teams sniffing around – and there still are now - but my decision has already been made and I'm happy with it and I look forward to the future," said Webber.

"Endurance racing is easily as close to the cars in F1. They are very, very quick if not on par with F1 in certain situations," he insisted.

Indeed Webber claims F1 has never been the same since the V10 era with Michelin and Bridgestone head-to-head in a tyre war.

"They're difficult to drive now – don't get me wrong – but there was a huge amount of power, a huge amount of grip and it was very difficult to handle and control," he said.

"Now it's very much more about controlling the pace during the race and making sure you get the cars and the tyres more importantly to the end of the race."

Next Webber spoke about Sebastian Vettel and admitted it was uncomfortable to hear the booing aimed at the German by the fans on the Italian Grand Prix podium.

"It's the public's choice, it's up to them how they view what he (Vettel) is doing," said Webber.

"But Usain Bolt and Roger Federer aren't getting booed much," he added.

Finally he spoke about the man who will replace him, Daniel Ricciardo, and insisted his young countryman will do well at Red Bull.

"Ricciardo will be fine," Webber insists. "He'll win races and he'll do very well but he needs to get under Seb's collar pretty early to make it a good battle."

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