Webber 'will not play supporting role'

Mark Webber remains determined to beat Sebastian Vettel and insists he will not play a supporting role to the world champion.

Vettel secured his third title in a row last weekend while Webber had to settle for sixth position in the standings after a difficult season.

The Australian will be Vettel's team-mate again next year.

After three titles in succession, Webber admits Vettel continues to be on the front foot at Red Bull, but insists he will never start a season thinking of being number two to the German.

"Obviously with Sebastian's form, he's clearly on the front foot," Webber was quoted as telling reporters in Tasmania by Reuters.

"Not only from within our team but he's won three world titles on the bounce now so all the drivers have got to try and topple him.

"I don't go there thinking I've got to be playing a team role as such. I'm there for myself, to get the best results possible and to do that I need to be part of the team.

"So, no, I'm not going there thinking in a supporting role at all."

Webber won two races this year but endured a disappointing second half of the season and dropped down the order in the championship.

The Australian conceded he lacked consistency.

"Ultimately we just weren't consistent enough compared to 2010 and 2011. Our qualifying pace this year was a very, very good step forward but [not] our Sunday performances," he said.

"It wasn't strong enough towards the end but they're fine margins and before you know it, the odd non-finish here and there, and the points are not in your favour."