F1: Webber defends silence over injury

2010-12-10 00:00

AUSTRALIAN Mark Webber has defended his silence over the shoulder injury he carried while chasing this year’s Formula One championship, saying that his Red Bull team had no need to know about it.

The 34-year-old revealed in a book published in Australia this month that he fractured his shoulder falling off a mountain bike just before the Japanese­ Grand Prix while he was leading the standings. Webber, who ended up third overall, said he had told only his physio and the FIA doctor about the injury that he carried through the final four races.

“I came off a mountain bike while training between the races in Singapore and Japan, and an X-ray revealed a small fracture to my right shoulder. 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.”

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said on Monday that he would have wanted to know.

 

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