Vettel factor weighed in Webber's quit decision

Mark Webber speaks out on his reason to leave Red Bull, and Formula One.

Dec.9 (GMM) Mark Webber has admitted Red Bull's desire to please his former teammate Sebastian Vettel contributed to his decision to quit Formula One.

The pair shared a fractious relationship at the team, where they duelled for the 2010 title before German Vettel began his four-title winning streak.

This year, after the 'Multi-21' team orders affair, 37-year-old Australian Webber decided to leave F1 and join Porsche's new Le Mans foray for 2014, despite interest from other Grand Prix teams.

"Teams like Lotus and Ferrari - and even Red Bull to a degree, once they couldn't get Kimi (Raikkonen) - were on the radar so to speak," Webber told BT Sport.

But he admits that the Vettel factor ultimately coloured his decision to quit altogether.

"The future has been Sebastian, they want to keep him happy as much as they can, and things come onto the radar and you think 'this is probably not how I would like it', so it does go into the decision," said Webber.

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Series FORMULA 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari
Article type Breaking news
Tags former teammates, formual one, le mans, multi-21, porsche, raikkonen, red bull, vettel, webber, wec