F1 » Horner: Vettel won't influence who replaces Webber

Christian Horner: I don't think Sebastian has any concerns about going up against any driver, and he hasn't voiced a preference either way...

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August 09, 2013 3:21 PM

If Kimi moves in then it will surely be dependant upon him getting equal machinery. Can Seb, who thinks Kimi is more 'trustable', really deal with a no-BS team mate with genuine world championship skills?

Whether it's Kimi or Fernando, Seb is going to know all about pressure if they're on equal machinery. That in itself is not embarrassing, but if Daniel gets the drive and proves to be at least as competitive as Seb then his ability is going to be put into serious question.


August 09, 2013 4:46 PM

Ho hum.
Same story polished up again and again. We need some better August stories like Chilton to swap seats with Alonso or Sutil eats Hamiltons dog or Taipan buys McLaren. Just needs some creative thinking... :)


August 09, 2013 6:05 PM

I don't believe it. Just read an article in Planetf1. Its title is Fernando, the Red Bull fighter. It speaks about Red Bull, Alonso, Raikkonen etc. Somewhere it tell that even Ayrton Senna was concerned about a strong team-mate.


August 09, 2013 6:43 PM

I think hands down that vettel is the best driver on grid. He definitely has had it "easy" with the RB, but next year will only confirm his greatness. He has all of the qualities of a great, tenacity, courage, qualifying speed, race speed, passing, wet weather etc... No weakness and he has the one key thing, NOTHING is more important that winning. Whoever he teams up with is going to be in for a surprise and if I were Alonso I would not want to be in equal cars because there will be no excuses then.


August 09, 2013 6:57 PM

I'm sure the decision on who will partner Vettel is cast in stone and was made a long time ago, also drivers don't normally have imput into who partners them, i'm sure Prost did'nt want Senna or Mansell want Prost but thats what they got because the teams want to win and there's nothing like stiring things up to see what happens. Either way Vettel will probably have more championships than Schumacher in a few years simply because Redbull are head and shoulders better than all the other teams because they have Adrien Newry, In fact it would'nt surprise me if Vettel won six or seven on the trot so big is his advantage.

El Bigonio

August 09, 2013 7:02 PM

Vettel has faced (arguably) the most talented field in the history of the sport and has three successive titles to show for it. If I were Helmut Marco I would also be doing all in my power to make sure my guy was happy with things. Whether horner is truthful or not matters little but the ultimate question (for me anyway)is the cost delta between A) Vettel and Alonso's salary and B) Webber and Riciardo's salaries and C) Webber and Raikonen's salaries. Vettel not being the highest paid guy in the paddock is a mystery to me based on results! Despite what Horner says, Kimi would undoubtedly cost a pretty penny for RBR to bring onboard VS Daniel. I suspect Kimi would make up for it in fewer torn up cars! And Why isn't Grosjean in the mix here?


August 09, 2013 8:48 PM

Vettel has nothing to prove and would at least hold his own in any team with any driver. What more does the guy have to do ? Webbers no mug and has won his fair share of gps and set fastest laps in the same car as Vettel and yet Vettel has totally dominated him.
Currently the best driver in F1 - period.


August 09, 2013 9:49 PM

Whether it's Kimi or Fernando, Seb is going to know all about pressure if they're on equal machinery.

Something he has never experienced in all his drives at Red Bull.


August 09, 2013 11:06 PM

RGT, In this era of Vettel winning all the championships, Alonso getting praised as the best all round driver and Kimi being popular with everyone, I can sort of understand your frustration having pinned your flag on "the other guy"
It's a bit like the '80s when you had Prost, Senna and Piquet fans and fans of the other guy, Mansell.
The similarities are numerous, the "other guys" spend most of their time outside the top 3 in the championship being dominated by the best drivers, but they manage to sneak a championship thanks to dominant cars, a weakened field and a poor team mate, yet their fans spend all of their time trying to discredit the real champions and big up their hero even though he will end up at best a footnote as "the other guy" in F1 history.

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