Webber ‘relieved’ to leave Williams

Wed, 9 August 2006, 05:03

Mark Webber has admitted to ‘relief’ that his two-season stint at Williams will soon be over.

The Australian joined the (then) BMW-powered, Grove-based team last year expecting to challenge for the championship, but the squad run by Sir Frank Williams is now one of the most poorly funded in pit lane and struggling for pace.

29-year-old Webber’s switch for 2007 to Red Bull was confirmed this week.

”It is a sense of relief,” he told reporters on Tuesday, ”to be leaving Williams. I believe this had to happen.”

Some sections of the media incorrectly reported that Webber’s fate was sealed only after Williams decided on the last day of July not to pick up an ‘option’ on his contract. But the racer admitted to journalists that he knew ‘before Hockenheim’ that he knew about his Red Bull switch.

Webber said: ”I am going to a team that is financially in much better shape.

”The car will be competitive, with a strong engine and backed by a solid budget.” gmmf1dailyf1news.com

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