Mark Webber defends injury decision
Mark Webber is adamant the fractured shoulder he sustained towards the end of the Formula One season did not impact on his failed title bid.
Earlier this week Webber revealed in his book looking back on his championship challenge that he drove in the final four races with the injury, which he picked up via another mountain bike accident prior to the Japanese Grand Prix.
Webber has admitted he required a painkilling cortisone injection to see him through the race at Suzuka in which he finished second to Red Bull Racing team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Despite leading the championship going into that race, the 34-year -old eventually finished third in the standings behind Fernando Alonso and title-winner Vettel.
Team principal Christian Horner yesterday expressed disappointment with Webber for failing to inform him of the injury.
Despite that, Webber has today defended his actions as he said: "I was very confident it wouldn't affect my performance in the car, which is why I didn't tell anyone.
"There was no need. The shoulder wasn't causing me a problem, so there was no need to talk about it to anyone.
"If I'd had any issues with it in the car, then of course I would have told the team. But that wasn't the case.
"I've never missed a grand prix, but of course if I couldn't drive the car a) safely and b) on the limit, I would have notified the team."
Explaining his reasoning for making the revelation in the book, speaking on his personal website Webber added: "It's what the book is all about.
"I didn't sit down after the season had finished with hindsight goggles on and pick and choose what went into it.
"We did it at the time after each race. The injury is something that happened to me, it was part of my journey this season, so that's why it's in there."
Liverpool injury news: Simon Mignolet set to replace injured Brad Jones but Dejan Lovren and Glen Johnson remain on the sidelines
Manchester United injury news: Angel Di Maria unlikely to face Spurs as Marouane Fellaini's 'mystery illness' turns out to be rib injury
Arsenal vs QPR player ratings: Could anyone outshine new Gunners hero Alexis Sanchez and who was worse than villain Olivier Giroud?
Manchester City team news: Manuel Pellegrini hopes to have Vincent Kompany back for Burnley visit but hopes not to risk Stevan Jovetic
Neil Warnock sacked: Tim Sherwood fits role at Crystal Palace
- 1 The political parties aren't all the same – which means 2015 will be a 'big-choice' election
- 2 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times