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Mark Webber denies reports he will join Ferrari for the 2013 F1 season

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RawDawg

May 02, 2012 2:53 PM

hmmmmm. Why be #2 at Ferrari when he can be a #2 in a team that has produced a better car the last couple of years? Oh yeah, more money but would Ferrari pay him more than whatever he's getting at Red Bull? And wouldn't it make more sense for Ferrari to get a younger driver to groom and to learn from Alonso?

mjgroves

May 02, 2012 4:58 PM

I'd be looking at VET & RIC at Red Bull, ALO & PER at Ferrari, KOB & Bianchi at Sauber, VER & one of Sainz Jr, Wickens, Rossi or even Williamson at Toro Rosso. Elsewhere, can't see anyone but di Resta replacing Schumacher at Merc if he quit end of this year, and who'd replace him at F India (?) and you can never predict Hispania, but I can't see many other teams changing their lineups

Mark _

May 02, 2012 5:14 PM
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@RawDawg - "Why Ferrari", Even if they are not as competetive as RBR it would be an experience of a lifetime to drive for them. Just the pre-season trip to the Italian Alps and the PR work and testing of the new road cars would be enough for most.

richard

May 02, 2012 6:19 PM

mjg. i would anticipate another year at rbr for webber. he wont get a better offer! and then he will retire totally, or run his own team in f3 or gp2. i would see vettel staying at rbr and to be paired with vergne, (provided he keeps up his current form). ferrari will have alonso, and possibly bianchi, but whoever is with alonso will be a young charger. i just cannot see webber ever fitting in there, for various reasons.

Klein on F1 - Unregistered

May 02, 2012 6:30 PM

I agree Richard, Webber probably just about has one more year left in him and will want to stay at RBR. Besides, I think the team will need more than one year to evaluate Ricciardo and Vergne fully, whilst Sainz Jr. I feel would be too inexperienced to graduate to F1 as soon as next year though I can see him in a STR seat at some stage. Perez will replace Massa, who in turn could move to Williams or alternatively to IndyCar. Either Bianchi or Gutierrez (depending on how both fare in WSR/GP2 respectively this year) will take Perez's Sauber seat, whilst I think the Lotus, Mercedes and Force India line-ups will probably remain unchanged unless Schuey has a particularly bad season in comparison to Rosberg. If Massa heads for Williams, I could see Maldonado leaving as he is probably the weaker (albeit not by much) of the two incumbents and the longevity of his PDVSA backing is still in doubt as far as I know. Caterham and Virgin will be unchanged unless either Kovalainen or Glock is unexpe

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