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. Related NewsAlan Jones: No doubting Ricciardo nowRed Bull: We will be the proper Renault works teamHorner: We will fight all the way to Abu DhabiNewey could design Infiniti supercarInfiniti announce winners of global talent searchHorner wrong to blame Renault for Austria problemsEcclestone: Vettel needs to go where the best car isRed Bull voiced engine concerns back in 2012Horner: We want to give Mercedes a run for their moneyHorner denies reports that Renault to be ditched Boycottthebull The blown floor is gone now? Was he referring to the special undercarriage only seen on Vettels car that came him a 2 sec advantage even on his team mate? Hawk hahaha Ambientereal Webber “expects” Ricciardo to do what he was unable to achieve. He is so sunk in hatred, he will never be able to be happy. I suppose at night he dreams of Sebastian and breakfast bile.