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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Pole Position - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 6:20 AM

I don't know what Marko is thinking? If he thinks he's going to bring Hulkenberg in to be a "good boy" he's in for a rude awakening. All drivers want to win and I believe "the hulk" is WDC material. Be careful what u wish for Marko.

bob - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 9:17 AM

Honestly, the hypocrisy on this site is ridiculous!

People are on this thread saying how Webber isn't a team player and he should accept his role as number 2 driver.

Tomorrow you'll all turn around and tear Massa to shreds for not having the gumption to stand up to Ferrari and stop being Alonso's b*tch.


January 08, 2013 10:25 AM

greg. i am not sure if you understand the concept of an f1 team. ALL members of a team are responsible for a wdc and /or a wcc. and if you hadnt noticed, i do talk up the genius, adrian. but he can design a great car, but it also requires a great driver to get the most out of the car. compare seb to mark...seb can perform far better than mark, in the same car.
now in relation to marko.... didi is a team owner, who works a bit like an absentee landlord. he employes marko to see that the team performs to a required standard. as the team has won wdcs and wccs, this must surely imply that marko has done a good job. merc use a similar format. the chairman of daimler does not dictate what happens within the team, the board delegated haug to do the job, and he was not the team principal. even macca use a similar process now...dennis does not hire and fire, he leaves it up to (in this case) the team principal.

finally, why attack a poster for having an opinion? i find it better to di

Greg - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 11:50 AM

richard, I understand a great deal more than you think and stand by the comment that it is weird that you defend a man in an admin role to the hilt but never miss the chance to have a dig at a very good F1 driver in Webber, yes, yes has not performed as well as Vettle but who has?


January 08, 2013 12:05 PM
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@ Richard - I agree with you on some points but the whole "team" concept does not exist in F1 especially for someone of your viewing experience. Marko's driving experience initiative is a business incentive that has to pay off which Webber was a causality in 2010 which Mark himself screwed up by going mountain bike riding.
As a Webber fan I agree RB back Seb but in all fairness that's not right but rightness does not happen in F1 !
Lets get real mate...... If all things were fair and R&D is fair Mark wins, but is not consistent. When R&D goes Sebs way he does more with it. So I understand this whole jive but no need to run down Webber like you do Lulu or Schumi or anyone not in your book. Post now like you do in usual non Seb terms or I will run you down with every biased post you make, ok ???

simon - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 12:14 PM

Webber is regarded as one of the best set-up guys around.....how else could you get a Jaguar on the front row of the grid. If he leaves RBR, Vettel is not as competitive...simple as that.


January 08, 2013 12:23 PM

@ Simon - Funny you mention that because Seb NEVER.............. NEVER put a crap car on the front row in the dry with a crap car. Lets hear Seb fanboys talk their way out of that in pure respective without mentioning WDC with the best car ??? Lets hear it ????

Texas Roadhouse

January 08, 2013 12:33 PM

There are basically two types of teams in F1 - those who allow their drivers to race each other, such as Williams and McLaren, and those, such as Ferrari who's drivers are openly numbers one, or two. I get the impression that Red Bull (as voiced by their Principal) try to cover both options by saying they have no preference between drivers, but then push in a direction that seems to always favour one in particular. Marko openly holds this line (of Vettel being the Nr1), whereas Horner persists with the "no preference" stance. Maybe he (Horner), as an employee, just as Webber is, should also stick to the company policy and be open with everyone about driver status. After all, given their recent successes, you can hardly criticise their strategies.

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