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Webber raring to go after pain-free training programme 29 Jan 2013

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday, 1 November 2012 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Qualifying, Austin, Texas, 17 November 2012 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Qualifying, Austin, Texas, 17 November 2012

Red Bull driver Mark Webber has expressed his relief after enjoying his first pain-free pre-season training programme in three years. In an interview published on his official website, the Australian revealed how he was able to resume his fitness regime just weeks after an operation in December to have the final piece of metalwork - a 40cm titanium rod - removed from the leg he broke in a mountain bike accident back in 2008.

“The surgery went very smoothly and my recovery was exceptional,” said the 36-year-old. “I had a few weeks off from my normal training schedule but I was able to ease myself back into it by the first week of January and now I'm back into it properly.

“I didn't really know what to expect from having it removed, apart from my own peace of mind, but I'm very happy that some of the niggles and pain I've sometimes experienced with my training over the past three years already seem to be a thing of the past.”

Webber spent six weeks in Australia over the winter - his longest uninterrupted stint in his homeland since the start of his Formula One racing career in 2002 - but has since returned to Europe and is keenly anticipating another year driving for reigning world champions, Red Bull.

“I'm sure we've got another exciting and challenging season ahead,” he said. “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 (Red Bull’s new car) 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.”

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