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Webber dismisses Marko criticism

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber dismissed Helmut Marko's criticism, saying "I've never been a part of Marko's [agenda]" © Press Association

Mark Webber has dismissed comments from Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko that he crumbles under pressure when challenging for the title.

Marko told the Red Bulletin that Webber has "a little trouble with the pressure" that is created when he's in a strong championship position, and that although he has "on average two races per year where he is unbeatable" he's unable to maintain his form. In a Q&A on his official website Webber was asked for his response to the comments, but said they came as no surprise to him.

"Look, everyone at this level has their own agendas and it's been evident for a long time now that I've never been a part of Marko's," he said.

Looking ahead to the new season, Webber said enjoying a smooth pre-season with new race engineer Simon Rennie would be crucial.

"I'm sure we've got another exciting and challenging season ahead, and it'll be interesting to see who comes out of the gates strongly; you might get an inkling from pre-season testing to the form book but it's only when we arrive in Melbourne for the first race that the gloves really come off.

"I'm certainly looking forward to getting my hands on the RB9 and I also have a new race engineer in Simon Rennie. It's going to be important to have a solid pre-season with him after spending some six years with Ciaron Pilbeam who I had a long and enjoyable relationship with, but he's no longer with the team. I'm looking forward to starting the season in Australia having prepared very well for it over the past two months. But it's clear there's no point getting too far ahead of yourself, so it's a case of taking each week, test and race as it comes."