Following Mark Webber's trying start to the F1 2011 World Championship campaign in the opening two outings in Australia and Malaysia, Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has delivered a vote of confidence to his driver, arguing that 'his time will come'.
Whilst team-mate and defending world champion Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position and victory in both Melbourne and Sepang to establish a commanding 24-point advantage in the title standings heading into this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, Webber has conversely taken the chequered flag just fifth and fourth respectively, hobbled by an unidentified car issue in front of his home fans Down Under and a KERS failure that cost him seven places at the start in Kuala Lumpur, leaving him spending the remainder of the race playing catch-up.
Horner, however – a man not always noted for supporting Webber in 2010 – has praised the 34-year-old's efforts, and insists Webber's luck will
“I have no doubts his time will come this season, absolutely,” the Englishman underlined. “On difficult weekends he has picked up a fifth and a fourth place, and they will all count at the end of the day. Mark's old enough to know how long the season is, and his points are invaluable.
“He was tenth at the end of [the first lap in Malaysia], so we decided to go aggressive and went with a four-stop strategy. He needed to make it work, and his drive was a great recovery. A combination of strategy and performance nearly got him back onto the podium.”