Red Bull bosses split over who will succeed Webber

Christian Horner with  Helmut Marko

Christian Horner with Helmut Marko

According to the buzz emanating from the Silverstone paddock, Red Bull is split as the team’s bosses consider who should replace Mark Webber in 2014.

The rumour is that while Christian Horner would like to sign 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, Helmut Marko would prefer that a Toro Rosso driver, Daniel Ricciardo or Jean-Eric Vergne, is pushed into the top team.

Marko told German television RTL on Saturday that the issue will be considered in more detail in the summer break.

“It’s not about personal preferences,” he insisted. “It must be the best solution for the team.”

Not surprisingly, Webber thinks that his fellow Australian, Ricciardo, is ready to step up.

“But obviously there are some other hats in the ring, so let’s see what happens,” he told the Melbourne newspaper The Age.

One problem for Ricciardo, however, is that despite having the upper hand over teammate Vergne earlier this season, the Frenchman has looked impressive more recently.

“He has lifted his game and I can’t turn a blind eye to that and say [that] he got lucky,” Ricciardo admitted.

Whatever happens, Ricciardo thinks he will still be in Formula 1 in 2014 – at Red Bull or Toro Rosso.

“I think so, but you always have to be on your game here,” he said. (GMM)

Subbed by AJN.

  • Marko does not want a driver who can beat Vettel

    Marko does not want a driver who can beat Vettel so he will fight to keep Kimi out of RedBull.

  • OP

    So why does Webber want Ricciardo in then?

    Vettel would beat Kimi and you all would whine how that doesnt prove a thing because he lost to Massa.

  • Richard Piers

    Think the man’s a menace but this time I agree with Marko. Time to give a new face a really competitive car. Vergne may have had a couple of good races but Ricciardo seems to be more consistant and rarely does much wrong.
    Kimi should stick with Lotus and bring them along.

  • McLarenfan

    Daniel Ricciardo would be better than Jean-Eric Vergne but Marko is against anyone who is a match for his little pet project Vettel. Kimi I think is better off at Lotus as they love him there and give him freedom to do all he wants.

  • pedro hustler

    At the Young Drivers Test in 2010 Ricciardo beat Vettel’s pole sitting lap time.

    There was track evolution factors which allowed him to do this, but even after you remove the improvement in grip, his time was only estimated to be 2 tenths off Vettel’s, which is the usual amount he is ahead of Webber.

    Ricciardo is the better investment for Redbull because he is the better qualifier and that skill fits well with their philosophy of qualifying at the front and controlling the race from there. JEV appears to be quite good come Sunday but consistently has trouble qualifying into Q3 and would be consistently dominated by Vettel.