F1 » Marko lines up new replacement for Webber


Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has apparently earmarked the driver he would like to see replace the 'uncooperative' Mark Webber next season - in a move that could also spite main rival Ferrari....

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chimi - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 8:34 AM

If your employer expects loyalty from you what is wrong with it? ... Webber clearly looked to have an ego issue to settle with Vettel ... Clearly, mathematically Webber was out of contention in the championship, so he should have supported his team mate. In the past .. David Coulthard helped Mika Hakkinen, Michael Schumacher helped Eddie Irvine, Fillipe Massa helped Kimi Raikkonen, Kimi in turn helped Fillipe in the following year. .. So Nothing wrong from the Boss to expect your loyalty from the employee ...

Taz

January 07, 2013 8:43 AM

I don't like Marko but there's one line of fact in this article, the rest is just speculation.

It's pretty obvious to most people that this is Webber's last year (in a Red Bull anyway) so that might make it interesting as he doesn't have to play happily families anymore to retain his drive for the following year.

The plot about working with Massa to help Alonso is pretty amusing though.

bob - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 8:49 AM
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Was I the only one who actually watched the race?

Did Webber not pull over and let Vettel through? And did the team not come over the radio and say 'Thank you mark'?

DeeLux - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 9:00 AM

@ Bob
No you weren't the only one and Yes, Mark let Seb through somewhere during the race, but what were you watching when Webber almost pushed Vettel into the wall just after the start of the race? completely useless maneuver that in my eyes pushed Vettel back mid-pack where he had his encounter with Senna.

I think this is what is meant by "uncooperative"

blublz

January 07, 2013 9:41 AM

I think hulk could make 'any' of the top teams stronger by ruffling the feathers of the established drivers, while still toeing the 'teams' party line. I wouldn't rule him out of McLaren either, in the unlikely event of Perez/Button having a nightmare season, I don't think RD would be slow in coming forward for him, assuming Hulk doesn't have a nightmare also.

politics - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 10:17 AM

this article, back from 2010, talks abotu how sombre the red bull garage was when webber took his first win:

www.jamesallenonf1.com/2010/05/so-is-vettel-the-favoured-son-at-red-bull/

anyone who joins redbull, will not be allowed to beat vettel. webber's an inconvenience.

they had to shut down the community section on the redbull racing website because they were getting hammered every time something even looked like vettel favourtism happened.

MeymacTony - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 11:25 AM

All drivers are competitive - Australian ones tend not only be so but independent also so sparks occasionally fly. Vettel being likely to stay with RBR then it is probably time for Webber to move on or retire from F1.Then the team can groom - if that is not a non PC word - a successor whom they believe to have the same potential as Vettel. Webber is a good and fast driver but not really quite up to championship level.

Lancisti - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 11:26 AM

well if Hulkenberg goes to Red Bull - that would make sense - Marko only likes Germans! Anyway, by then I suspect new powers will arise - RB cant stay on top indefinitely. So my hope is that Ricciardo gets a seat at Ferrari, where I think he has the ability to be world chmpion.

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