Horner: Webber's Red Bull seat safe

Wednesday 13-March-2013 07:33

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner sees no reason why Mark Webber won't retain his seat at the team if he continues to deliver.

This campaign marks the Australian veteran's 12th consecutive season on the Formula One grid, but rarely a season goes by these days without speculation linking him not only with move away from Milton Keynes, but also retirement.

Red Bull, though, are happy with the goods he is producing and have kept him on a rolling contract the past few year and Horner is confident the partnership will continue.

"The last three years have apparently been Mark's last," he told Press Association Sport.

"Yet he has been retained by the team because of what he has done in the car, and again the same rules apply this year.

"We want the strongest pairing and Mark has contributed significantly to our Constructors' World Championships over the last three years, and even came close to winning his own title in 2010.

"Mark has been employed by the team to do the best job he can and he knows what's expected of him.

"There are an awful lot of drivers who would like to be sat in a Red Bull car but Mark is there on merit, and while he delivers for the team he will have that place."

Webber, though, isn't always the favourite son at Milton Keynes with Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko making no secret of the fact that he is a huge fan of triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel.

Marko claimed in an interview last year that Webber can't handle the pressure as he doesn't have the mental strength or the consistency compared to Vettel.

"The difficulty for Mark is he is constantly judged against a young man in the other car who has achieved so much," Horner added.

"What Seb's done in 101 races, with 26 victories, being a three-time World Champion, youngest points scorer, pole winner, race winner, is remarkable.

"Mark's being constantly measured against a driver that is, in my view, the best of a generation and that makes it harder for him.

"But at the same time Mark measures the opportunity of being measured against the best.

"He has also demonstrated on his day he can be unbeatable and he does just need to string a campaign together, with 19 of those performances.

"He's improved as he's matured. Last year he drove very well, and if he can get off to a good start and build up some momentum this season that will be important for his campaign.

"Above all, if we didn't think he could still do it then we wouldn't have taken him for another year with the team."

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