Former F1 champion Alan Jones has told fellow Australian Mark Webber that he should consider leaving Red Bull for Ferrari to give him a 'breath of fresh air' in the latter stages of his career.
Webber, who took his first victory of the season in Monaco at the weekend, is out of contract with Red Bull at the end of the year and has yet to sign up for another campaign with the defending championship.
With speculation about the future of Felipe Massa, Webber's name has featured highly on the list of possible replacements and Jones urged him to make the move if the opportunity arose.
“Mark has already done one of the two things that most Formula One drivers would like to do, and that's win Monaco — the other one is to drive for Ferrari,” he told the website of the Australian Grand Prix. “I'm sure he'd have a look at it.
“If he goes to Ferrari, it could be a breath of fresh air. It's very prestigious and something really good to have on your CV. He gets on extremely well with Alonso, so maybe that could be a good way for him to go.
“Personally, I think that Mark is with a good team (but) having said that, if he signed on with Red Bull next year he's still going to have Vettel as his team-mate, which is a pretty hard task.”
Despite the rumours about his future however, Webber could yet elect to re-sign for another season with the team he joined for the 2007 campaign, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner saying there were plenty of reasons why the 35-year-old should stay put.
“Mark's had a great day today, he's driving very well, he's in great shape,” Horner told SpeedTV
after the race, “and you can see on a day like today that he's absolutely on the top of his game. We have a very open and straightforward relationship with Mark, and today certainly doesn't change that. It's been the same situation for the last couple of years.
“Why would he want to leave? He's comfortable in the team. The team know Mark very well, Mark knows the team very well. We're only at race six. Obviously, a lot depends on his desire and motivation going forward which at the moment looks very clear. He's doing a great job, we're really happy with him. He's really deserved today's result.
“Mark's doing a good job. Let's focus on today, and the future will take care of itself.”