He was weary but willing. Red Bull driver Mark Webber was certainly in a good mood as he made an appearance at the OCBC Centre yesterday evening.
The Australian was all smiles from the moment he stepped out of the car which he had been driving, with two Assumption Pathway School students as his special passengers.
This despite just getting two hours of sleep since he arrived in Singapore from Europe yesterday morning.
Even getting caught in the traffic crawl in the Central Business District, which delayed his arrival at the OCBC Centre along Chulia Street by almost half-an-hour, couldn't disrupt his mood.
He later quipped: "Unfortunately (for the kids), or maybe fortunately, there was heavy traffic so I couldn't give them some lessons around the corners."
Webber did not sound like the same person who recently admitted his struggles to keep himself motivated all through the gruelling 19-race Formula One season.
But, as the 37-year-old told The New Paper yesterday, it's natural to fall out of love with a sport.
"When you're 23, 24, you're running through concrete walls, but when you're 37, 38... It's different," said Webber, who said he previously never imagined he would ever lose the drive to compete in F1.
"You see so many sportsmen and sportswomen who have lost the motivation after a while... It's disappointing but it does happen.
"And in F1, it's not like tennis or golf, or some sports, where I can say I will miss this tournament here or there, pick and choose.
"In F1, it's all the way through, and this is something I had to keep in mind." In June, Webber announced that he would quit F1 at the end of the season to make the switch to drive for Porsche in the FIA World Endurance Championship. It's not as though he is in decline.