Webber to Ferrari reports gather steam

(L to R): Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari congratulates pole sitter Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday 21 May 2011.

Fernando Alonso with Mark Webber

May 1 (GMM) More reports are suggesting that Red Bull‘s Mark Webber could be Ferrari-bound for the 2013 season.

One of Spain’s leading F1 correspondents, Raymond Blancafort, wrote in El Mundo Deportivo that “there may be a pre-contract” between the Maranello based team and Red Bull’s experienced Australian driver.

Webber, 35, was also linked with Ferrari last year, before Red Bull decided to sign him up for another single season alongside Sebastian Vettel.

He is now touted as Felipe Massa’s 2013 replacement, not only because of his “experience (and) the consistency of his results” but because “he gets along” with number one driver Fernando Alonso, Blancafort said.

Also noteworthy is that Flavio Briatore  manages both Alonso and Webber.

Following Blancafort’s claims, Spain’s El Confidencial is now reporting similarly.

The publication said Webber has been earmarked as Alonso’s ideal teammate for 2013, perhaps pre-dating Sergio Perez’s move to the team in 2014 when the young Mexican has gathered another season of experience.

That may mean yet another single-season deal for Webber, but it might be better than what he is offered by Red Bull, given the energy drink-owned team’s grooming of youngsters Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso.

El Confidencial said Webber is also Spaniard Alonso’s first choice, with a source saying a deal has been “already reached but not signed”, possibly therefore in the form of a letter of intent.

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  • Alex

    Kimi to Red Bull?

  • vX-2

    @ alex: my hope and thought exactly… lol

  • george

    Mine too guys!!Kimi deserves a proper shot and next chance for the championship and hopefully Red Bull will help in that aspet!!!Lotus not looking too bad also though..so happy he’s back either way :)

  • Mighty K

    Kimi’s not going to Red Bull. He wouldn’t stand for knuckling under to that horse’sass H. Marko.

  • Alex

    @Mighty K

    I don’t think Marko Helmut will have any say in this.

    If this goes ahead it will be pure decision by Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

    I mean look at Kimi’s rally pictures and videos, this man is perfect Red Bull image with out all the bull shit. No one can represent Red Bull brand as Kimi. And Kimi not even trying he just being him self.

  • Nemo

    Um, isnt this the same rumor we’ve been hearing every May for the last 3yrs?