Red Bull eyeing up Webber replacement?
July 13, 2011
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Less than 3 days after Mark Webber sensationally ignored team orders at the British Grand Prix, rumours are abound that Red Bull is looking for a replacement for the Aussie.
Lagging 80 points behind world champion Sebastian Vettel, and clearly not gelling with the team’s bias towards Seb, Webber has made his feelings clear in the last few days:
"I am not fine with it [team orders]. No. That's the answer to that. If Fernando
retires on the last lap we are battling for the victory so I was fine until the
end. Of course I ignored the team as I want to try and get another place."
However, the Red Bull team appear to disagree with Webber’s view. Helmut Marko, well known as giving little attention to anyone but Vettel, has hinted at replacing Mark:
"We have other options but I don’t want to talk about them now."
In recent days, it has emerged that the team are in secret talks with Kimi Raikkonen, 2007 F1 world champion and current WRC driver. These reports were first made by German newspaper Bild, and they claim this leak comes from a source “at the highest level”.
Raikkonen himself has recently said to a journalist: “I have never said that my Formula 1 career is over.”