Mark Webber could be planning to hang up his helmet and retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season should he take the 2010 championship crown.
At least that’s the opinion of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who offered his thoughts during a brief stopover visit to Sydney en route to Melbourne for the upcoming Australian GP.
“I don’t know how long he plans to stay in Formula One but I get the sense that it’s one of the years he wants to finish on top and perhaps call it a day,” Lewis told the press during an interview at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, overlooking the iconic Sydney Opera House.
“He obviously has a great car and a good opportunity this year for success. ”He has as good an opportunity as anyone to win the championship this year.
“He’s had a long career and everyone wants to end at a high. And he’s probably got the best chance to ever finish on a high this year and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s considering it – that he wants to win the championship this year and call it a day.
“I haven’t spoken to him since the last grand prix but obviously he made a tremendous recovery last year and came out and won some races. The Red Bulls are the fastest.
“The car was phenomenally quick in the last race, and last year they just did an incredible job. And Mark is at his fittest and at his best, I think.”
Webber’s manager and partner Ann Neal was quick to refute Hamilton’s claims, and asserted that her charge had every intention of staying in F1.
“’If he performs well enough to be offered a drive next year, then that is what he wants to be doing. You always have to perform in Formula One and he knows that but I would not have thought he’d be likely to give it away while he still has a drive,” she said.
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