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The Red Bull racing advisor Helmut Marko has suggested that the Australian driver Mark Webber is likely to support Sebastian Vettel within the team next season. Vettel will be going into the 2013 season looking to make it four consecutive F1 world championship titles in a row. His teammate Webber failed to launch a title bid last season as he had victories only in Monaco and Silverstone. As a result, he finished in the sixth place in the drivers’ championship table. Vettel managed to win five races during the course of last season, which helped him beat Fernando Alonso to the title.
Even though Red Bull have insisted on several occasions that both drivers can compete with each other, while they also have an equal standing within the team. However, the latest comments by Marko suggest that Webber is likely to play a supporting role to Vettel in the 2013 season. He has said that in the last four years that both drivers have been as teammates together, Vettel has finished as the winner of the championship title on three occasions and was the runners up in the other occasion. This means that the balance of power clearly rests within the German. The 36-year-old Webber is coming to the twilight of his career.
“Mark knows what we expect of him. For four years, Vettel and Webber have driven together in our team. Sebastian was runner-up once and champion three times. The statistic speaks for itself. There is no reason to think the balance of power will change,” said the Red Bull advisor. Webber recently said that he has not decided on his retirement date as of yet. “I haven’t been there yet but it is going to be a very difficult moment, no question about it,” said the 36-year-old Australian.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber clinched his second win in three seasons at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, making it three in a row for Red Bull Racing. The thrilling race around the narrow streets of Monaco is one of the most highly sought after titles, and the Austrian team seem to have found the winning formula in recent years.
Webber started in pole position and only spent time further down the rankings when his competitors stayed out longer before pitting – Vettel in particular leading for a few laps as his harder tyres deteriorated more slowly than most of the front runners’ softer option.
Sebastian Vettel also gained 5 places over the course of the race, and made the best of his poor qualifying performance by finishing 4th, above Lewis Hamilton, who will be disappointed not to have been able to put in more of a challenge on Sunday. With Rosberg clinching second for Mercedes and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso continuing his good form by claiming the final podium position, Red Bull Racing are solidifying their position at the top of the Constructors’ Championship, as their rival teams only seem to be able to get one of their drivers into a top position each Grand Prix.
The only question is whether they can regain their previous few season’s dominance and start to consistently claim two spots on the podium. It currently looks unlikely, given the unpredictable nature of the season so far – never before have there been 6 different winners to the first six races in a season, and Hamilton hasn’t even won one yet. And yet Red Bull have both of their drivers sitting just 3 points behind Alonso who leads the championship, despite a fairly average first couple of races, and they only seem to be getting stronger.