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. Tweet Related NewsHorner: Ricciardo’s good form a factor in Vettel moveHorner happy to have Illien working with RenaultTost: Talented fighter Kvyat can become top F1 driverHorner: Newey very much involved in design of 2015 carHorner: If things are left as they are Renault could be pushed outVettel: Newey said no to me testing for Ferrari in Abu DhabiTodt rubbishes Red Bull’s twin-turbo planMallya: Red Bull cheats on the regulationsNewey says all F1 cars’ front wings flexingHorner claims Renault is 75 bhp down on Mercedes 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.