Was Webber held back with a broken shoulder?

Webber was suffering from a fractured shoulder

Webber was suffering from a fractured shoulder

Over the last few days, it has emerged that Mark Webber’s slip in form near the end of the 2010 season was caused by a broken shoulder, putting him at a huge disadvantage during the last 4 races. It has also been said that he hid this fact from the Red Bull crew and bosses, apart from his trainer, Roger Cleary, and the FIA doctor Gary Hartstein.

Just before the Japanese Grand Prix, Webber was involved in another cycling accident, similar to the one he suffered before the 2009 season. He was riding a mountain bike when he crashed, and suffered a “skier’s fracture”, which is a very small but deep fracture in the joint of the shoulder. This sort of injury is untreatable.

Mark recently spoke of this latest accident:

“I was riding with a great friend of mine. Suddenly, he 
crashed right in front of me and I had nowhere to go but 
straight through the ears of the horse!"

At the time of the crash, he was 21 points ahead of Fernando Alonso. In Japan and Brazil after this, he did well to take 2nd in both races, but he crashed out of his own accord in Korea, and was well of the pace at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. With this in mind, and considering how held back he was the last time, it could well be assumed that Webber's title loss was directly caused by this injury.

Interestingly, he failed to tell Christian Horner, or any other of the Red Bull crew, apart from Cleary and Hartstein, as previously mentioned. Horner has since claimed himself "disappointed" at these revelations.

This discovery was revealed in Webber's new book: "Up Front: A season to remember". Despite this huge setback, Mark still says that 2010 was "a season to remember", having taken stunning victories in Spain, Monaco, Britain and Hungary.

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