Mateschitz: Vettel still has great potential because he will be given free rein

Sebastian Vettel with Dietrich Mateschitz

Sebastian Vettel with Dietrich Mateschitz

Feb.15 (GMM & PVM) Energy drinks billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz believes that back-to-back F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has the capacity to dominate again in 2012 and the team will support him in the quest for a triple title, while insisting that the team are committed to providing Mark Webber the opportunity to challenge the young German.

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to be on an equal footing in 2012

Mateschitz told Speedweek: “He still has great potential ahead of him because his experience, his consistency and his domination in different situations will be given free rein. His focus in qualifying was already part of his strength but he is going to be even stronger in competition because he knows the complexity of his sport even better now.”

The Red Bull boss is confident that his team will again set the benchmark and be the team to beat, while expecting Webber, 35, to raise his game and challenge his team mate

“It’s important for the team that the duo are quick, and fight on an equal footing,” said Mateschitz who has not ruled out signing Webber for 2013.

At Jerez the Austrian said, “Our primary goal is to put one of our juniors in the car. That’s one reason why we changed the drivers at Toro Rosso. Both [Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne] are highly talented and have great potential, but the question will only arise if, for example, Webber stops at the end of 2012.”

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