There have been a few good cases made for the idea of Red Bull’s Mark Webber moving to Ferrari but team boss Christian Horner told AUTOSPORT, it isn’t true:
“Every spring seems to be a reciprocal thing that Mark is going to Ferrari,” Horner told Autosport.
“He is not wearing red overalls. I think it is inevitable, almost every driver in the pitlane has been linked alongside Fernando [Alonso] next year, but we are focused on ourselves.
“Mark enjoys being within the team, he is happy here and we are happy with him. At the relevant time later in the year we will sit down and talk about the future as we have done in previous seasons.
“It’s something we will talk about later in the year. I’m not aware of any discussion. I think Mark is happy where he is, he is in a strong position here, but inevitably it’s part of this business that there is speculation.”
In the end, given Ferrari’s current pace, I’m thinking Red Bull is just about as good of a spot for the Australian as it gets. I also am not sure that Red Bull suffers for a lack of very talented drivers in which to choose so even if the rumor is true, I submit that Red Bull is just fine.
Webber is on a year-to-year contract it seems with his current situation expiring at the end of this year. There is also another element involved called Helmut Marko and he’s not bashful in managing the affairs and drivers of Red Bull. There may be some merit to Daniel Ricciardo or other juniro drivers replacing Webber as they move up the ranks. If you were Helmut Marko and had to think long-term for the team in 2013 and 2014, would you replace Mark at the end of this year knowing that Sebastian Vettel’s contract expires in 2014? Would you be building a case for the next Vettel?