Thursday March 14, 2013
Horner: Webber will stay as long as he delivers
LONDON: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner sees no reason why Mark Webber won’t retain his seat in the team if he continues to deliver.
This campaign marks the Australian veteran’s 12th consecutive season on the Formula One grid, but rarely a season goes by these days without speculation linking him not only with move away from Milton Keynes, but also retirement.
Red Bull, though, are happy with the goods he is producing and have kept him on a rolling contract the past few year and Horner is confident the partnership will continue.
“The last three years have apparently been Mark’s last,” he said.
“Yet he has been retained by the team because of what he has done in the car, and again the same rules apply this year.
“We want the strongest pairing and Mark has contributed significantly to our constructors’ world championships over the last three years, and even came close to winning his own title in 2010.
“Mark has been employed by the team to do the best job he can and he knows what’s expected of him.
“There are an awful lot of drivers who would like to be sat in a Red Bull car but Mark is there on merit, and while he delivers for the team he will have that place.”
Webber, though, isn’t always the favourite son at Milton Keynes with Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko making no secret of the fact that he is a huge fan of triple world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Marko claimed in an interview last year that Webber can’t handle the pressure as he doesn’t have the mental strength or the consistency compared to Vettel.
“The difficulty for Mark is he is constantly judged against a young man in the other car who has achieved so much,” Horner added. — Agencies