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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Pete - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 9:14 PM

A direct quote from Flava Flav:

"The only one who helped Ferrari was Webber," he added, referring to Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, who is in Briatore's management stable.

Rather damning when your own manager says it

rob - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 9:19 PM

A different perspective could be looking at matters from the drivers view, not the constructors who erroneously consider themselves god.
It is the human driver who gets injured when things go wrong.
As far as I know machines don't feel.
So under a different and better regime lets look at the constructors who are not performing or more importantly the regulators and organisers who are off in la la land.
An example of a better human focus is nascar.


January 07, 2013 9:41 PM

It would seem that the most disruptive person associated with Red Bull is Helmut Marko, who does nothing but issue barbs and disruptive comments on the Team. He would be better off being replaced.

At least Mark Webber earns his salary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

miffy - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 9:43 PM

I don't see why they'd replace Webber, he allows Vettel to be their number one and scores enough points to win them the Constructors championship.

Pole Position - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 9:45 PM

I didn't know Marko had that kind of power at Redbull. He talks too much for soneone behind the scenes. I guess the honeymoon's over for Webber. It looks like 2013 will be his last year at RB.

Pete - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 10:07 PM


Your point is spot on. The only problem is that Webber is the only one that thinks he's a #1 driver. The entire globe sees him as a #2 and he could make life much easier by understanding his roll. But no, he has #2 talent with #1 ego


January 08, 2013 12:11 AM

@Pete, the day a driver concedes he's a number 2 and will never win a race or championship, hang up the boots. Coz your just a passenger then.

It's quite ridiculous to want drivers to assist in winning the WCC who don't have the talent to win races and score points. Mark performs his role well, scores many points and IS known as one of the better drivers in dissecting the technical aspect of the cars.

We seem to go through this discussion every season, but he's still there.

Pete - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 12:22 AM

Totally agree that a driver has to believe he is a #1 or in the words of Senna, "you are no longer a racing driver". The flip side of the coin is that when you know you are no longer fighting for a championship, the next best thing to do is assist your teammate. It's not just Vettel or RBR that benefits, but thing of all the engineers and mechanics that work so hard and put in all those long hours to get that car to the front. I go back to the fact that if Webber had accidently taken out Vettel on the restart of the safety car into T1, I would not blame a mechanic for letting him know how they felt.

It's right for any #2 driver to go into a season thinking he is the #1. There have been instances in recent history where Massa was a #2 to Kimi and the season ended with Kimi assisting Massa in 2008 to help him win his WDC. But aside from that, most #2 drivers are there for a reason.

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