Mark Webber doubts he will remain in Formula One long enough to beat Rubens Barrichello’s record for starting the most races.
Webber started his 200th race last weekend. Barrichello competed in 322 grands prix before retiring from F1 at the end of 2011.
Speaking on the Red Bull television channel Servus TV, Webber said: “I think 17 years in Formula One, I think that record will stay for a long time.”
“I think think 328 or 326 races* is a special, special career. Very, very long. I think that it’s going to be very, unlikely that I will challenge Rubens’ grand prix entries from my side.”
Webber’s contract with Red Bull expires at the end of this season. He said he will tackle the next races on the calendar before giving any consideration to his future:
“I think that the performance is still good at the moment, that’s the main thing. As long as I’m hungry, have good drive and enjoy the work, that’s the important thing.”
“I think towards the summer we will make a plan, like I always do. I have never made a plan in my future seasons in April before so I’m probably not going to start now. Looking forward to Barcelona, Monaco, the races coming ahead. And then we make some plans.
“But I’m still feeling very hungry, still have some very good results inside me so that’s the most important thing and I’ll focus on the next race like I’ve always done.”
*Barrichello entered 326 races and started 322.
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