Horner hints at Webber’s Red Bull future

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Monaco, 2012In the round-up: Christian Horner says he sees no reason for Mark Webber to leave Red Bull.

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No Reason For Webber To Leave – Horner (Speed)

“Why would he want to leave? He?s comfortable in the team. The team know Mark very well, Mark knows the team very well. We?re only at race six.”

Michael Schumacher should stay at Mercedes – Ross Brawn (BBC)

“We always said Michael himself will know when it’s time to retire and after a performance like that why should he?”

Hamilton admits McLaren are ‘falling behind’ (The Telegraph)

“The team definitely have some work to do. I’ve fallen behind. Race by race we are getting further and further behind the others.”

F1 in new push to bring costs down (Autosport)

Norbert Haug: “It is not a secret that with the new [commercial] arrangements that the top teams are better off, and what we want to have in F1 are competitive midfield teams that can spring surprises.”

F1 unpredictability may be a turn-off for fans, says Jenson Button (Metro)

“So anyone can win a Grand Prix, everyone can lose a Grand Prix like that??? I think they?re finding it a little bit strange now.”

Mercedes F1 W03 – revised sidepods (F1)

“Mercedes were running a heavily revised, almost B-spec car in Monaco.”

A working Monday in Maranello (Ferrari)

“Another item on the job list is undoubtedly the behaviour of the tyres. Going into the race in the Principality, not many believed that doing a one stop race would be possible and the fact that it had not been possible to test the tyres over a long run in free practice, especially the super-soft which was making its first appearance of 2012, made the situation even more uncertain.”

Domenicali: Monaco a great boost for Massa (Adam Cooper)

“I?m sure that this will be a turning of his season, because he needs that. It was a great boost for him. It?s something that we need for the constructors? championship and for the team. So I?m expecting a good Felipe up to the end.”

How Kovalainen & Caterham beat a McLaren: F1 debrief – Monaco (Caterham via YouTube)

There is nothing unlucky about 13th for Caterham (The Sun)

“Within seconds his car was sporting four new supersoft tyres and a brand new nosecone. As Heikki pulled away to rejoin the race ahead of Timo, Jody roared his appreciation of the job the pitcrew had done, telling the lads it was ‘Pure mint!’ ? and a couple of other more choice words!”

Monaco Conclusions

“Barring accident or an unseasonal shower, this is how Monaco always has been – or at least it has felt that way for the past twenty years – and how it will always be. It’s both the best setting in F1 and the worst venue on the calendar (we can forgive Valencia on account of its youth).”

Nico Rosberg: Message after P2 at Monaco GP 2012 (Nico Rosberg via YouTube)

Kevin Garside: Schumacher still driven by primal need (The Independent)

“A lusty proportion of Formula One fans were never comfortable with the marriage of freakish speed and shifting morals. It did not do much either for Formula One writers of a certain vintage, or Schumacher-wins-again correspondents as they became known, compelled to sell to the boss on a fortnightly basis news of another Teutonic sweep to the chequered flag.”

Time with M. Todt (Peter Windsor)

“‘Do you envisage just one championship in every tier?’ ‘Yes. Ideally ?ǣ and again on paper ?ǣ it?s very easy: karting, Formula 4, Formula 3, Formula 2, Formula 1. The problem is to assess the situation and to see how you can achieve that ?ǣ and with whom you can achieve it.'”

The IT crowd: CFD at Marussia F1 (The Engineer)

“With a performance rating of 72 teraflops – or 72 trillion calculations per second – Marussia?s supercomputer is one of the most powerful in the UK. F1 rules only allow an average performance of 40 teraflops but having this high peak capability leaves room for intense use when needed and space to run experiments on last year?s design without breaking the rules.”

‘There are twisty roads in Monaco… just ask Princess Grace': Sky Formula 1 presenter sparks fury with bad taste ‘joke’ (Daily Mail)

“A Sky spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We are very sorry for the offence caused by SimonLazenby’s remark. His reference to Grace Kelly was inappropriate and, quite rightly, he apologised for the comment live on air.”

Comment of the day

Andae23 on the best drivers in Monaco:

Very difficult choice: I think the entire top six drove a superb race without a single mistake, this may have been the best ??race? I have seen in a long time. Schumacher did superb on Saturday and did well on Sunday before resigning.

Vergne actually drove his best race so far this year before the team made a mistake which cost him points. Solid race from the Force India guys, and congratulations to Karthikeyan for finishing.

I think I?m going to go with Webber: he hasn?t put a foot wrong this weekend and thoroughly deserved this win. Is Webber a title candidate? Well, he has shown some remarkable consistency in the first six races, so I would say so!
Andae23

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102 comments on Horner hints at Webber’s Red Bull future

  1. The Limit said on 29th May 2012, 21:18

    Ofcourse Christian Horner will say these things after Mark Webber has just won Monaco, for the second time in three years. Personally I think Webber is the perfect driver to put alongside Vettel, but it would not surprise me if Red Bull did choose someone else.
    Not so much in a racing sense, but purely business. You have to think who buys Red Bull drinks, young people! Having a young, vibrant lineup would certainly appeal to their marketing people and that for me would consist of pairing Vettel and Hamilton. I am convinced that this will happen in the end, at the expense of Mark Webber.
    There is no doubt that Webber is highly underrated in F1 circles. No one really talks of him in the same vein as other drivers of his ilk, and for me that is wrong.

    • katederby (@katederby) said on 30th May 2012, 7:50

      Personally I think Webber is the perfect driver to put alongside Vettel, but it would not surprise me if Red Bull did choose someone else.
      Not so much in a racing sense, but purely business. You have to think who buys Red Bull drinks, young people! Having a young, vibrant lineup would certainly appeal to their marketing people and that for me would consist of pairing Vettel and Hamilton.

      Judging from Red Bull’s history I think replacing a driver on his marketable value is unlikely.
      Why would RBR ever have taken on DC or Webber in the first place, surely they should have kept a young driver, with appeal in say the vast American market; Scott Speed where are you now?!
      Also if they wanted a cool, young, good looking driver, why on earth ditch the Red Bull marketing dream that is DJ hispter Jaime?
      No, I think the best marketing RBR can give the fizzy drink is World Championships and World Champions.

  2. BBT (@bbt) said on 29th May 2012, 21:41

    Autosport: “By having this slot, which the FIA says can be so small that even a sheet of paper would not fit through, the holes are no longer enclosed and become openings.”

    What rubbish, the FIA covering themselves again for a bad mistake, RBR’s design is not a slot or opening, it is a hole, saying the gap that your can’t even fit paper through, so can’t see, and makes it an opening which is legal (alla Ferrari et al.’s design which is clearly a open slot, you could fit a bus through it ;-) ) would appear to be stretching the truth just a little. After looking at a few high resolution images the FIA must think we are born yesterday. Maybe we are, and maybe the FIA are correct but it would not be the first time that the FIA’s incompetence has been exposed.

    So, it would seem, they wrote to RBR and said it is legal and are now trying to justify that decision by saying an opening so small that no-one can see makes it legal. Really?

  3. katederby (@katederby) said on 30th May 2012, 9:35

    *hipster Jaime, obviously!

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