The soon-to-retire David Coulthard has warned his Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber that his replacement Sebastian Vettel could be 'trouble' for the Australian next year.

Vettel - who it was announced at Hockenheim back in the summer will graduate from Scuderia Toro Rosso to the parent Red Bull outfit in 2009 - became one of Formula 1's very hottest properties when he sensationally triumphed in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza last month, in so doing adding the record of being the top flight's youngest-ever race-winner to those of youngest-ever points-scorer and pole position-holder that he had already made his own.

Great things are expected of the man from Heppenheim next season, and Coulthard reckons the 21-year-old could just give Webber quite a run for his money.

"I'm going to be as interested as everyone else to see the intra-team competition between Mark and Sebastian," the 37-year-old wrote in his regular column for ITV-F1.

"I've already been joking with Mark that I wouldn't like to be in his position, that this guy looks like being trouble for him. Certainly his lights-to-flag victory at Monza was absolutely textbook perfect.

"He's clearly got a lot of talent and car control, but Mark will have the benefit of experience, both of F1 and of the Red Bull team. I've no idea which way it will end up going."

Webber, for his part, has seemingly acknowledged the threat that is set to face him, recognising Vettel's 'amazing year' and adding that 'the Germans obviously produce good drivers and he's another youngster coming through' [see separate story - click here].


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