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Webber backed by Horner for 2013 title bid

"We give both drivers equal opportunity and it's ultimately down to what they do on the circuit," insisted Horner. "In the team that is very much the opinion, the approach and we will continue to do that.

"For us it doesn't matter which driver wins as long as it's a driver in one of these cars," continued the team boss. "Both of these guys are here because we believe they are the best, we want them in the team and obviously the team do the very best we can to support both drivers."

Weber doubtless wouldn't have re-=signed with the team for another season if he didn't completely believe that.

"They know that I need 100 per cent support," he said. "You cannot fight for world Championships with 90, you need 100, and that's what we're going in to 2013 with this in place and I'm comfortable with that."

Webber can rely on having longevity and experience on his side - and not just in the sport, but continuing at the same team.

“The fact that this is my seventh season with the team is a massive advantage,” Webber insisted. "I couldn't have envisaged it when I joined and it's hard to believe that you could be with the same F1 team for seven years, as continuity is not always easy to achieve in this sport."

That means the Webber/Vettel driver pairing is entering its fifth consecutive season, the longest-established driver line-up of any F1 team on the 2013 grid. But while continuity is all very well, the team have to make sure that they keep the energy and motivation levels up and not get complacent and stagnate.

“I think the way we keep people excited and motivated here is important,” Webber agreed. “It's quite a small operation, but obviously we're big on ambition and desire and that makes us perform very well.

"I've really enjoyed the years I've had here so far and I can't wait to get going this season," he added.

And it won't be long before he's back in the race seat: along with the other teams in the F1 paddock, Red Bull is heading down to the Circuit de Jerez for the first four-day pre-season test session of 2013 that starts on Tuesday.

So far there's only one RB9 ready to take out on the track, so Webber and Vettel will have to share driving duties. The Australian will have the first crack at it and take the honours on Tuesday and Wednesday, before handing the car over to Vettel for Thursday and Friday.

"I cannot wait to get in the car," said Webber. "I've been strapped to Adrian's cars for quite a while now, and I can trust them, so next week will be about gathering data."





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MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Simon Sproule, Infiniti Corporate Vice-President Global Marketing, Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer, Christian Horner, Team Principle, Mark Webber of Australia, and Sebastian Vettel of Germany talk to the guests during the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 launch on February 3, 2013 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Simon Sproule, Infiniti Corporate Vice-President Global Marketing, Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer, Christian Horner, Team Principle, Mark Webber of Australia, and Sebastian Vettel of Germany talk to the guests during the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 launch on February 3, 2013 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYENES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Christian Horner, Team Principle, Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer, Mark Webber of Australia, Simon Sproule, Infiniti Corperate Vice-President Global Marketing and Sebastian Vettel of Germany pose along side the new car during the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 launch on February 3, 2013 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYENES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Drivers Mark Webber of Australia (L) and Sebastian Vettel of Germany pose along side the new car during the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 launch on February 3, 2013 in Milton Keyenes, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYENES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Drivers Mark Webber of Australia (L) and Sebastian Vettel of Germany pose along side the new car during the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 launch on February 3, 2013 in Milton Keyenes, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10.
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10.
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10.
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 running sensor equipment.
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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10.
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cassyo

February 03, 2013 7:09 PM

I think the same as Webbo :there is no other better place for him in F1 for the time being. While I am a Vettel fan, I would salute a WDC for Mark, without any hesitation, should such a scenario come true eventually! On the other hand, I can't ignore that, for such a goal, Mark only needs a realistic 100% support from the team. Not more.

Anon - Unregistered

February 03, 2013 7:23 PM

Well he was leading Seb after Silverstone 2012, I think if we still had the bridgestones and this blown diffuser business didn't play such a big role then he would be as competitive as he was in 2010.



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