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Departing Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has admitted he is finding it hard to stay motivated as his career in a single-seater car comes to an end.
Webber announced in June that he was to leave F1 to race sportscars for Porsche in next year’s World Endurance Championship. In his F1 career, he has won nine races and almost won the World Championship in 2010.
In the final race of 2010 he was well placed going into the final race of the season, but rival and team-mate Sebastian Vettel picked up the title, and has gone on to win three more World Championships.
The German has outperformed Webber in recent years and the Australian admits his motivation is dwindling with every race.
“I think towards the end of your career, you probably find little things that convince yourself that you’re not enjoying it as much as you were,” said Webber, who made his F1 debut in 2002.
“You’re not 22 anymore and that’s obvious; I’m 37 and I’ve done over 215 races at the end of the year, so the juice goes out of the tank a little bit. But at the end of the day, I’m still super-respectful of who I’m racing against and how I go about it. I’m still not blasé about competing at this level; I still respect it at this level. But there comes a time when you’ve got to get that decision right.”