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Webber won't play supporting role for Vettel in 2013

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Mark Webber intends to take the fight to Sebastian Vettel in 2013 © Getty Images
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Mark Webber insists he will continue to fight Sebastian Vettel next season and is not at Red Bull to provide the new triple world champion support.

Webber finished the season 101 points adrift of Vettel despite a strong first half of the season, but says he will approach next year in a determined frame of mind to beat his team-mate.

"Obviously with Sebastian's form, he's clearly on the front foot. Not only from within our team but he's won three world titles on the bounce now so all the drivers have got to try and topple him," Webber told Reuters.

"I don't go there thinking I've got to be playing a team role as such. I'm there for myself, to get the best results possible and to do that I need to be part of the team. So, no, I'm not going there thinking in a supporting role at all."

Webber said he had come close to strong performances a number of times in the second half of the season, but close margins between the teams meant he missed out.

"Ultimately we just weren't consistent enough compared to 2010 and 2011," Webber said. "Our qualifying pace this year was a very, very good step forward but (not) our Sunday performances. It wasn't strong enough towards the end but they're fine margins and before you know it, the odd non-finish here and there, and the points are not in your favour."