Webber: 'It isn't the right time to retire'

Friday 14th December 2012, 14:18 by Ryan Wood 

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Mark Webber has dismissed any thoughts of retirement from Formula 1 in the near future, believing the time isn't yet 'right'.

Whilst the 36-year-old understands he's no longer a youngster in the sport as he enters his 12th season, he believes he's still competitive enough to warrant a top seat.

"I'm not at the start of the career, I know that. I'm more towards the back end of my career," said the Australian.

"My goal is to put together a campaign. I have fought for championships and I've had some good and very special memories over the past few years.

"Your peak is all relative. You've got to piece it all together.

"And you've got to be honest with yourself and say 'look mate, it's the right time now' - and I don't think it is the right time now."

Webber has been beaten by his younger team-mate Sebastian Vettel since the pair partnered together at Red Bull in 2009 with the German having taken three titles with the team.

Webber though, feels he is still enough of a threat to Vettel and his other rivals.

"If I got spanked 20-nil in qualifying then yeah it's obvious, the alarm bells are ringing," he added.

"Until that point comes where you feel that you're not getting the most out of yourself, and you're sliding, then you need to keep pressing on."

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