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Webber calls for F1 drug tests

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Mark Webber has renewed calls for Formula One drivers to be drug tested after fellow Australian Moto2 rider Anthony West was found guilty of using a prohibited substance.

The 31-year-old, who competes for the QMMF Racing Team in the feeder class to the MotoGP, tested positive for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine following his race at Le Mans on May 20.

West was on Thursday banned from the sport for one month.

The penalty came less than a week after the Australian finished second at his home round at Phillip Island.

Webber said he wasn't familiar with the substance West used, but said a lot of motorcycle riders compete under "pretty heavy pain killers" at times.

"Whether it was linked to that, I'm not sure," he said.

"Obviously it's good they're doing what they can to make sure everyone's as kosher as possible but I think it's quite difficult for that category, because you see these guys that are riding ... extremely injured."

Nevertheless, Webber said if West's drug taking was to do with performance enhancing, "he'll learn from that and move on."

The Red Bull driver, who goes into this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in fourth place on the drivers' championship ladder, said F1's governing body should join its motorcycle counterparts and drug test competitors to provide "clarity".

"I've always been championing the idea to do more of it, but the FIA have never really been that strong on it," Webber said.

"The other drivers have never been super strong on it, so it's never really been a huge issue.

"You know, with what's at stake, the money involved and all that type of stuff, people do things.

"It's extremely unlikely but you never say never."

If West decides not to appeal his ban, he will be ruled out of the final round of the Moto2 series at Valencia on November 11.

AAP

7 comments so far

  • For such a high stakes and dangerous sport, I can't believe they aren't all tested before and after each and every race!

    Astounding.

    Commenter
    Wait!
    Location
    What?
    Date and time
    November 02, 2012, 10:25AM
    • Wait, soooo they aren't doing any testing now? Hahahaha....oh Bernie.

      Commenter
      Lazor
      Date and time
      November 02, 2012, 11:29AM
      • Just goes to illustrate the not so well recognised point:

        According to the theory being used here, if cycling also conducted no testing at all there would be no drug cheats in cycling.

        The do test and they do catch cheats and so somehow cycling is the dirtiest sport. Perhaps it is time to recognise that all sport is dirty...

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        Martin
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        November 02, 2012, 11:52AM
        • Completely agree.

          For some reason people like to jump on cycling (and cyclists) at any opportunity.

          Jealousy that they can't do what we do?

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          Alex
          Location
          Geelong
          Date and time
          November 02, 2012, 12:48PM
      • Martin that's a fair leap to make from F1 don't test their drivers to all sport is dirty!!! There is a rumor about cocaine use and F1 drivers which would provide more advantage than steroids in that particular sport.

        Regardless surely there are sports where we as spectators we don't really care what they're using? These guys are driving around at well over 300km/h, risking their lives, maybe if Shuey was taking cocain he wouldn't have driven into the back of Vergne.

        Wouldn't you love to see 'The Olympics for small testical'd idiots', where they can take whatever they want and just see how fast/far the human body can go :-P At the medal ceremony we can announce how their life expectancy has been shortened by X amount, their libido reduced, and ask them if it was worth it :-)))

        To the point....with F1 I just want to see the best racers in the world driving cars as fast as they can and I couldn't care less if they are taking substances to perform - after all would it have made a difference last year if everyone but Vettel was taking drugs?? He still would have won by a country mile. Sports like cycling are different where you get a MASSIVE advantage by taking steriod based drugs.

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        Will
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        November 02, 2012, 12:46PM
        • Hmmm, but how helpful would any drug be in motor sports? I know CAMS cracked down on people for drugs and alcohol years ago, but this was more about partying then not being in a fit state to drive safely than "performance enhancing."

          Besides, am I the only one who sees the irony of a driver for Red Bull, which contains an unsafe quantity of caffiene (a drug,) commenting on drug use?

          I like Mark and cheer him on - but I think he forgot to start his brain before he put his mouth into gear this time.

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          Motor Racing Fan
          Location
          Melbourne
          Date and time
          November 02, 2012, 2:20PM
          • @Motor Racing Fan you say "but I think he forgot to start his brain before he put his mouth into gear this time".
            Red Bull is not an illegal drug so your point is mute.

            Commenter
            Right Is Right
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            Far right paddock
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            November 02, 2012, 3:04PM

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