Webber Shed 5 Kilos for 2010 F1 Season

One year ago, when the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) was implemented in the Formula One Championship by the FIA, the aim of the majority drivers in the 2009 roster was to lose as many kg as possible in order to benefit from improved ballast configurations on their cars. At the time, Australian Mark Webber was totally against the idea, as he was one of the tallest (6 foot 1 – 185cm) and heaviest drivers of the field.

It all seems to have changed during the past winter though, soon after the Aussie had his main metal rod removed from the leg he broke badly during the course of 2008, in a cycling accident. According to a report from the GMM news agency, it seems Webber is not struggling to keep his weight at 75 kg, after previously tipping the scale at 80 kg (in 2009).

Webber admitted that following his leg surgery in the winter of 2008/09, when he was inactive for a longer period of time (meaning no training whatsoever), he was “the heaviest I have ever been in my career,” according to an interview with the Daily Express newspaper. It took him a whole year to get to 75 kilos, which he plans to keep from now on.

Talking about his chances of getting in the title bid this year, Webber admitted he is now regarded as an underdog, but insisted that could only benefit him in the season.

Let's see if I can do as last year and have people saying 'Bloody hell, he's in the hunt'. I accept that I might be a bit of a dark horse, but that is a good position for me to be in. It's normal people will go for Jenson, Lewis, Michael, Sebastian, who is young, Massa, who has fought for the championship, and Alonso, who has two titles,” said Webber.

The big difference for me this year is physically and mentally. I don't have the worry of waking up wondering if the leg has improved. It's hard to say if it affected my performance (in 2009). Maybe mentally I was a bit drained because I did have an off-season with operations and recuperation,” added the 33-year old, who's contract with Red Bull Racing ends this year.
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