Mark Webber has concluded his Formula 1 career with a second-place finish in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Webber ends his 12-year F1 career with 42 podium finishes – including nine wins and 16 runner-up finishes. All of his victories came under the Red Bull banner, with the first coming at the Nurburgring and final at Monaco.
The 37-year-old decided to walk away from F1 to compete in the sports car LMP1 ranks with Porsche in 2014.
Webber may have infuriated the FIA Stewards when he removed his helmet during the cool down lap, but all-in-all, he has garnered the respect of the F1 paddock and his fellow competitors.
Fernando Alonso spoke highly of Webber immediately after the race, saying: “[He's] a great man, a great character, a driver of the old school, a lot of values in his personality. He is not afraid to say what he thinks.
“We will miss him.”
Although Vettel had many tense moments with his long-time Red Bull teammate, he admits to respecting Webber on a professional level and learning from Webber’s skills.
“We didn’t have the best relationship but with some things turning out differently it could have been a different story,” Vettel said. “But we always had huge respect on a professional level. We were pushing the team very hard to step onto the next level.
“I can certainly say I learned a lot from him. I learned to become a better driver due to his skills. That’s why I consider him one of the drivers with the best talent we have on the grid.”
Webber’s mates also took to Twitter to congratulate him on an admirable F1 career and wish him luck on his future endeavors.
— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) November 24, 2013
Well done, @AussieGrit. Very well done.
— Tony Kanaan (@TonyKanaan) November 24, 2013
— Mark Martin (@markmartin) November 24, 2013
— Nico Prost (@nico_prost) November 24, 2013
Made it back home to watch the final race of the F1 season and see @AussieGrit end a great Formula Career.
— Bradley Smith (@BradleySmith38) November 24, 2013
Great to see @AussieGrit getting the wind in his hair before the roof goes over it next year. Nicely done mate! Welcome back to sportscars.
— Marino Franchitti (@MFranchitti) November 24, 2013
So cool to see the F1 drivers breaking some rules and show boating! Awesome for Vettel and congrats @AussieGrit for a great career.
— James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) November 24, 2013
— Justin Wilson (@justin_wilson) November 24, 2013
— James Calado (@JamesCalado) November 24, 2013
— Jason Bright (@iJasonBright) November 24, 2013