Webber says Ricciardo versus Vettel will be 50-50 in qualifying 11 February, 2014 Mark Webber with Daniel Ricciardo Mark Webber expects his replacement at World Champion team Red Bull, fellow countryman Daniel Ricciardo, to put up a competitive challenge alongside Sebastian Vettel this year. By the end of the tense Webber-Vettel pairing, the duo were barely on speaking terms while Vettel was at the top of his game, winning a fourth, consecutive Championship in dominant style. Australian Webber, who has switched to Le Mans with Porsche, managed to outqualify Vettel only twice in 2013, but the 37-year-old thinks that Ricciardo will put up a stout effort this season. “He’ll go well,” Webber told the March issue of Motor Sport magazine. “I think he’ll give Seb a real hard time in qualifying – it’ll be 50:50 in the first year, I reckon.” He suggested that the bulk of Vettel’s advantage under the former regulations, his superiority in slow corners, was due to Adrian Newey’s famous ‘blown floor’ cars. “I took a few off Seb last year – and the blown floor is gone now,” said Webber. “I think Daniel will be fine, and it certainly won’t hurt him that he’s come through the Red Bull system. I just hope that he gets better starts than I did!” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Content on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Getty Images, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.