It's going to be a tough race to watch, I have a small hope of a win, but I'm not holding my breath! I'd love one last on track battle with Fernando if nothing else.
Been following Marks career for a significant portion of my life, and while it will be sad to see him go, the time is overdue, I'm ready to have this pain ended (Webber fans know what I'm talking about, it's probably the same pain we were making DC fans feel in 2008!) and for a new challenge to begin in a new series next year.
Ultimately I'll never forget some of his special moments, Australia 2002, Austria 2003, Hungary 2003 when his tyres came back in during the first stint, and he started to leave his train behind, Malaysia qually 2004, Monaco 2006, Nurburgring 2007 and 2009, his form in the first half of 2008, Spain, Monaco and Silverstone 2010, China 2011, Silverstone 2012. Some of the on track battles he's had have been super enjoyable, with JB at China and Abu Dhabi 2009, Hamilton at Korea in 2012, Fernando at Spain 2009, Spa and Singapore 2011, Silvy 2012. They've been some massive highlights and totally kept me involved in F1, I'm going to miss waiting for the next "moment".
From those early years where it looked like he could be a great, to that grinding pain through '05-'07, and redemption through success through '08-'10 it's been quite a ride. I'd have sold important body parts to get him a win after 2007, even just a solid podium car, and I'm grateful for the opportunity RBR gave him by building the cars they have (and that the team waited for him after his accident), I'd have hated him leaving F1 without having some of those questions I had in 2007 answered, and I mightn't have liked all the answers I got, but it's been a great adventure watching him turn into an F1 race winner, and even a championship challenger.
He wasn't the greatest driver, probably not even top 5 for any year he was in the sport, and I didn't always enjoy his attitude at race weekends (especially this year!), but he gave it his all, and one thing I have no doubt about is that he is a super bloke away from F1, working for others less fortunate than himself and completely avoiding all the trappings of being super rich. The F1 paddock is going to be weaker for him not being in it, I think even people around these parts who don't like him at all will admit that.
Edited by LoudHoward, 21 November 2013 - 00:35.