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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Bobby.M - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 11:37 AM

So Toro Rosso is looking to develop drivers for rival teams ?

If they are looking for an exceptional driver from TR, what has Hulkenburg done to look 'Vettel like' ?

If Hulkenburg was seen as such a talent they should have given him a TR drive for the year he was out of F1 (2011).

I hope Marko is not the one with the final say...

f1fan - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 11:43 AM

lets hope webber can do well in qualfying again next year and actually learnt to get the darn car off the grid when he gets a front row/pole. when leading a race he has shown he can 'start to finish' a race as well as anyone on the grid, you dont just win monaco and silverstone without being fast. like others here have said hes an inconvenience as at times hes as fast/faster than vettel.

Luke - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 12:02 PM

Marko would prefer a STR driver though that way he gets the credit if they are good since he hand picked them in the first place, its the reason he favors Vettel soo much, look at his smug face every time Vettel wins.

heyyeah - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 12:18 PM

helmut could just be stirring up ferrari who supposedly want hulkenberg.

but any talk like this from helmut will most likely be fuel to motivate webber. he seems to come out punching in these situations.

for an interesting 2013 championship, lets hope he does.

Sossoliso - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 12:39 PM

rob01 he could not be let go. Knows too much about the current car's DNA. That is why they are probably letting him go after 2013 because 2014 all teams will be required to build new cars because of the regs.

Les - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 12:40 PM

I personally don't think it will do Mark any harm to leave Red Bull,because he won't become world champion while Vettel is there.So he may as well ply his trade elsewhere.He might not be able to find a a team capable of giving him the result he wants but he could give it a bl**dy good go!

Bluemetal - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 12:44 PM

First corner Webber didnt give Vettel any room and two corners later it was almost a championship lost for Red Bull. I feel Webber will get in Red Bull in 2013 the same treatment Massa got at Ferrari in 2012.


January 07, 2013 12:49 PM

Sounds like Marko had a bad hair day.

Anyway about time he voiced his true thoughts regarding Mark.

All makes for a harmonious team if it ever existed.

Seeing Marks rapport is with D.M. and not Marko would
this perturb Mark. I don't think so.

Silly remark to make public and not retained in-house
prior to the season.

And yeah Richard,Rob and Coy I know your thoughts before you reply.


January 07, 2013 12:54 PM

soso. first of all, i think that the dna of the current car is above webbers head. he is not an engineer and has difficulty dealing with even using the clutch!

secondly, the cars/engine will be all new in 2014, very little of the current car will be carried over. so even if webber did have in-depth engineering knowledge, it would be of no advantage to anyone. the end of 2013 would therefore be an appropriate time for him to be let go.

and dont forget, webber is the one who asks for one year contracts.

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