F1 » Fernley: Half the grid would win with Red Bull

Paul di Resta would be a front-runner in the right car, but so would 50 per cent of the grid, admits Force India's Bob Fernley.

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Gareth Bale - Unregistered

April 29, 2013 10:49 PM

PDR would have as much chance of winning a WDC as David Coulthard in a West sponsored Mclaren or as much chance as DC in a Newey Williams/Red Bull cars, yes no chance.

I suggest PDR try and beat his teammate over one season then maybe he can be taken seriously.


April 30, 2013 8:39 AM

john. obviously you are entitled to your opinion, but have a look at the results. webber was even in a wlliams bmw, and got nowhere. his initial drive in the minardi did get him a fifth place in oz, but that was due purely to most of the fiels being eliminated. and you say he was offered a drive by renault, a top team? well they were not really a top team then, and apart from that, why was he not PICKED. no aspiring f1 driver would willingly refuse an offer from a TOP team.
when he went to rbr, h didn t annihalate dc, a driver who had at least won races but was on the wane. it was not until seb joined rbr, that webber benefited rom having a better driver in the team. 9 wins in 12 years? better than some, i accept, but not the sign of a true champion.

oldtimer - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 9:01 AM

It has always been the case that the best drivers get the best cars, the others have to make do which is often no reflection on their talent. Over the years I have followed F1 (since approx 1960) their have been many drivers who in a front running car could have been champion but with a limited number of top cars they never had the chance, in addition these days if somebody has to be replaced for some reason it is usually by a team reserve driver not a top driver who happens not to have a drive at the time. The problem will always exist because all the drivers want to be champion so they stay in F1 hoping that one day they will get the chance, the problem being that their car is never going to get them the drive they want however good they may be. Also oday money and lots of it count for more than talent so drivers are up against several major obstacles.

Ptolemy - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 9:42 AM

There's a problem with all these theories...
Sebasian Vettel is AND WILL BE standing in the way of them coming to fruition. Seb will be driving the Red Bull until he decides to quit. And then it will only be for a different front runner.
Yeah, all the other boys in F1 have the next TEN years to pull their hair out trying to figure out a way to beat Sebastian Vettel. The fastest driver in the fastest car.
Good luck.

John - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 5:21 PM

"you say he was offered a drive by renault, a top team? well they were not really a top team then"

They went on to win the WDC and WCC that year. You can't get much more "top team" than that.

"why was he not PICKED"

Nobody gets PICKED. He was offered a spot at Renault and turned it down. What exactly do you expect - that Ferrari would have booted out Schumie and put Webber in his place? If that's your standard for Webber being a fast driver then your standard needs some adjusting.


April 30, 2013 6:27 PM

john. you really are an angry young man, arent you. WHO won the wdc? was it webber? do you really believe that webber would have had a chance in a renault? and who told you that webber turned down the drive? if you believe everything that is bandied about during an off season, you are really deluded . last year, and the year before, there were rumours put about by the webber camp, as also in the lulu camp etc etc, but they were untrue. every driver "talks" to every team, but that means zilch. please show me where i can find anywhere where na firm "offer wasever madeto webber.


April 30, 2013 6:34 PM

john. did some checking with an ex team member. what you are claiming is alas, bumpf. webber did a deal with williams mid 2004 and arranged an early release to leave jag and test with williams. the up and coming fissi was the always chosen number 2 to alonso.

F1 Rules! - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 6:43 PM

lol @ Ptolemy

So you reckon that Vettel will win the next 10, and therefore 13 WDCs in a row?? Even John would not go that far lol. How long have you been watching F1? If you've been watching for long enough, you'd know that things move around in cycles and can change very quickly. In Schumi's era, he could maybe have won 9, but other forces conspired to prevent it from happening.

So no...Vettel or ANY other driver will not win the next 10 WDCs in a row. No way, no how! It will not be allowed to happen.

pete - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 7:06 PM

In all probability, the statement in the story is correct. Conversely, the other half of the grid cannot win a title in a top car. Coulthard, Rubens, Webber all examples.

It's easy to go fast in a top car and win a race here or there as all three of the aforementioned drivers have done, it's quite another to win a title, let alone multiple. Title contenders are able to drive around problems with their car, pit stops, strategy and most of all MINIMIZE MISTAKES.

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