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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January 08, 2013 1:02 PM

greg. first of all, i do not run down any person in an admin role! have you ever seen me being negative about the likes of whitmarsh? in fact, i defend him. the only person that i have my doubts over was haug, but this was due to the fact that he was over ruling brawn on behalf of merc. marko is paid to do a job, whether or not you like the job he is doing. mateschitz trusts him and appears to be quite happy, and that is all that matters.

as regards webber. again i do not run him down at every opportunity. but i express my opinion that he is not as fast or consistent as vettel, and this is evidenced by results that you cannot argue with. the ONE chance he had of having a tilt at the wdc, he threw away, all on his own. but he admits himself that he is not going to help vettel. rbr seem to pout up with that, but he is supposed to be a part of the team, and as such should not try to hinder your teammate.
if you dont like my opinions, fine, but dont make personal jibes. this is s

Greg - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 1:28 PM

richard, my point was that you attack webber but defend marko which I still think is weird sorry if you're offfended but that's my opinion, dont know why you keep telling me Velttle out performed webber because I agree, I just dont think Mark warrants the contsant jibes from you while you are so quick to tslk up everything Marko nearly achieved(I dont think Mark would trade careers with him..


January 08, 2013 1:59 PM

dtn. there have been several times this year when mark has not made it easy for a faster seb to get past him. ok, it is part of racing, but there is little reason for a slower car in a team, to hold up a faster car that is in contention for the wdc. and i would make this comment about ANY driver in ANY team. if button made it difficult for lulu to pass, it would be the same comment from me. ferrari can do it cleanly, so why cannot others?

greg. i have not attacked webber. merely stated what is FACT. as regards marko, he seems to come in for unwarranted vitriol from those who do not know him. he is doing the job he is paid to do, and if he wasnt, i am sure that didi would not waste any time getting rid of him.


January 08, 2013 3:10 PM
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@Simon - to be fair, Webber put that Jag alongside Schumacher's Ferrari in the days of qualifying running race-start fuel loads. Webber was fueled for about four or five laps while everyone else went on for a significant amount more.

I'm also a Webber fan and think Marko needs to pull his head in if he's going to deliver Mateschitz another WCC.

EDIT by CRASH.NET! Insulting comments removed.

Pete - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 4:34 PM

Yet another quote from Marko:

Dr. Helmut Marko, advisor for the Red Bull Formula 1 team, believes Mark Webber struggles more than team-mate Sebastian Vettel when it comes to title-deciding situations, claiming the Australian 'has a little trouble' coping with pressure.

Marko, who contested a handful of Formula 1 races in the early 1970s, reckons that although Webber can still produce unbeatable performances on his day, a lack of consistency is hindering his chances of fighting for the World Championship.

Helmut Marko

"It seems to me that Webber has on average two races per year where he is unbeatable, but he can't maintain this form throughout the year," Marko explained during an interview with the monthly Red Bulletin magazine. "And as soon as his prospects start to look good in the World Championship, he has a little trouble with the pressure that this creates.

"In comparison with Seb's rising form, it seems to me that Mark's form somehow flattens out. Then, if some technical


January 08, 2013 11:27 PM

I'm curious as to why crash.net moderators viewed my comment about Marko being Vettel-biased (this is broadly accepted as fact and has been mentioned by many other posters already) and destabilising (how could being biased towards one driver NOT be destabilising in a team environment?) was worthy of being removed under the abuse policy?


January 09, 2013 12:54 AM

In todays Australian media Marko is also quoted saying that Webber hasn't been able to cope with "Vettel coming in and snatching the booty from under his nose"...& this gem..
"If some technical mishap occurs, like with the alternator for example, he falls relatively easily into a downward spiral."

Yep, this bloke definitely knows how to create team harmony.

kimsn - Unregistered

January 09, 2013 2:13 AM

i hope kimi gets a drive with red bull in 2014,but with Marko there this will never happen:/.. would be great to see kimi in a winning car again,lets hope lotus catch up this year.

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