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Belgian Grand Prix: Has Webber revealed identity of successor?

Mark Webber has let slip his views on who will take his seat at Red Bull next season, but does his opinion match that of the team?
Mark Webber may have revealed the identity of the man set to replace him in the Red Bull line-up next season…. Or he could have been having a little fun with journalists clamouring to be the first to break the news.

With Red Bull Racing backtracking on its intention to name the Australian's successor by the end of August, the debate will roll on to Monza next month, but it would appear that no-one told Webber that he had to keep his counsel for a few more weeks.

Speaking in a pre-race interview with Australia's Channel 10, the veteran gave the biggest hint yet that Red Bull would opt for one its own rather than plumping for a former world champion to partner Sebastian Vettel in 2014.

“The decision is made,” Webber told reporter James Allen, “We all know who it is. I'm happy with that decision. It's good for him and it's good for Australia.”

All of which points towards Daniel Ricciardo being called up from Toro Rosso to fill one of the prime seats for next season... unless Webber was deliberately creating a smokescreen to deflect the media from Red Bull's real intentions.

Both team principal Christian Horner and technical chief Adrian Newey brushed off follow-up questions in the wake of Vettel's fifth win of the current campaign.

"There is plenty of speculation around but nothing has been signed yet," insisted Horner. "The situation is that we have time to contemplate our selection and there will be no announcement before Monza.

"Mark is not privy to all of our discussions with the drivers but when we are comfortable to announce the decision then we will announce it," he added. "We still haven't fixed anything. We're taking our time to evaluate all our options, and we've been surprised about what those options are."

While pointing out that no F1 driver had ever enjoyed the luxury of appointing his own successor, Horner did appear to pour cold water on the idea that Kimi Raikkonen could be Red Bull-bound.

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August 25, 2013 7:47 PM

So the experts, who have never seen Ricciardo in a top flight car, are 100% sure the other drivers would be faster. Quick, pick up the phone and ring the team owners. Obviously they haven't got the knowledge to pick the drivers like our panel of expert on crash.net.


August 25, 2013 11:53 PM

Mark has never been one to call a spade a shovel. he tells it like it is whether people like it or not. He is off to sports cars next year, what can the team do if he opens his mouth early? sack him? Good on you mark, I'm glad it's Dan and not Kimi..

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