Mark Webber Q&A

Armed with a Minardi this year, Australia's great hope Mark Webber planned to use the opportunity given to him by Paul Stoddart to impress the bigger teams. It worked out very nicely. His fifth place finish in the Australian Grand Prix kick-started a season that would highlight Webber's potential, and after months of expectation, Jaguar Racing has finally announced that the former sportscar star will form part of its attack in 2003. AUTOSPORT caught up with him as news that the hard work had paid off began to sink in

Mark Webber Q&A



"It hit home at the motorshow last week. To be up there and the British people saying well done and to become part of their history you feel it a little bit on your shoulders. So that was a bit of a surprise. It is absolutely great and I am really, really happy."



"Absolutely. I would like to believe that I am a pretty straight up and down kind of guy and to not be able to say how it was all shaking up was a bit frustrating, when it was all settled and done - but it was a good problem to have."



"We have to see what everyone else does with their new cars, but consistency is something I would like to try and improve. We saw a few tracks where the Jaguar was extremely strong at some circuits and not at others, and that is something I would like to chip away at. If we can consistently box our way into the points then that would be nice - but putting numbers on it is very, very difficult. A clear step forward would be good."



"I could not have wished to have had a better team-mate. He has got a really good reputation at Williams, racing in Formula 3000 he was fast and he worked well with Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya this year. That is why I am in Formula 1 - I want to race against the guys who have good reputations, so it is going to be very, very competitive between both of us. But we are both professional enough to know we are working for the team as well, and that is going to benefit both of us. I am really happy with the decision."



"I am sure Eddie was very, very hungry [to continue]. What I can potentially bring is that I could be here for quite a few years, which is something that Eddie might not be able to offer. That brings more stability and why potentially delay what you can do next year? Do it now and get it ready for 2004 to be stronger - and to be honest I don't have a tremendous amount of respect for what he says, so it doesn't bother me."



"I think he is a pretty amazing guy. There are some incredible people in F1, but he has run a big aviation company, he has done a lot of things off his own back, so he is a pretty intense and special sort of character. I don't know him that well at the moment but I am here to drive the car and do the best I can and I will get to know him over the course of time."



"The guys here are pretty bubbly. They are upbeat and very optimistic and considering they have come off the back of a reasonably difficult season, I think the fresh influx here will be good for the winter and good for the season."

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