Vettel will win seven titles “no problem” – Webber

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Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013In the round-up: Mark Webber believes Sebastian Vettel will equal Michael Schumacher’s seven world championship titles.


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As Webber reaches his F1 swansong, he reflects on his 12-year career (and fiery time with Vettel) (Daily Mail)

“‘Seb?s phenomenal, a very tough act,’ admitted Webber, unhesitatingly. ‘I think he will reach Michael Schumacher?s total of seven championships, no problem.’ Webber also insisted Vettel?s dominance was not solely attributable to the genius of Red Bull design guru, Adrian Newey.”

Racism is a big deal in racing, says F1 champ Lewis Hamilton (Hindustan Times)

“My dad used to go and meet potential sponsors when I was younger and ask whether they would like to back a non-white driver and they used to laugh at him. Now that attitude has changed. I hope there will be many more non-white drivers on the grid now, including those from India.”

Magnussen favourite for McLaren seat (Autosport)

“With McLaren having made it clear for months that Perez’s consistency was its main concern, it is understood that the outfit was unimpressed about how [Sergio Perez’s] race in Abu Dhabi compared to that of Jenson Button, who had been forced to pit for a new nose early on.”


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On this day in F1

Vittorio Brambilla was born on this day in 1937. He attained F1 immortality by scoring his only win in a rain-shortened Austrian Grand Prix in 1975, then crashing as he raised his arms in celebration.

It came in his second of three seasons with March after which he made an unproductive move to Surtees. His final F1 starts came with Alfa Romeo in 1980.

Brambilla passed away at his home in Milan in 2001.

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106 comments on Vettel will win seven titles “no problem” – Webber

  1. I believe McLaren did expect to keep Perez for another season and evaluate from there. But I also believe that part of that plan was to get Magnussen a drive elsewhere to let him make any roookie mistakes there. While that is seeming to fail they strongly consider to give him the upgrade right away.

    Though I have nothing against Perez I think it is the right thing to do. I find Button to be a consistent and solid driver but not a pace setter and not aggressive enough to fight at the front unless the car is fast enough to put him there from the get-go. Perez has not shown to be that guy either but I honestly think Magnussen could be just that. His single lap pace could match that of Hamilton but in a more complete package with good aggression when valid, less risk taking when not, great consistency and excellent technical understanding.

    I’d say go for it McLaren. In a time when you are not attracting the top drivers anyway this is one great step to get the car further up the grid. Kevin can do it – now just make sure the car can too!

  2. Robbie said on 11th November 2013, 12:16

    Not sure MW would want to win that way. Quite sure SV is more interested in breaking records than atoning for something he likely doesn’t think is necessary based on his belief he did nothing wrong.

    • Robbie said on 11th November 2013, 12:20

      Oops, my comment was supposed to be attached to the ones at the bottom of the first page regarding SV handing MW a win.

  3. Piotr Koteryl (@stigrennfahrer) said on 11th November 2013, 13:27

    Just because there isn’t that much diversity in skin colour in F1 does not mean that there is racism…I absolutely hate it! We have had drivers from all over the world racing in the sport, from European, American, Latin American, Asian, African, Australasian backgrounds – and yet people think they can claim racism? I think the world needs to wake up to the fact that the colour of someone’s skin or their racial heritage should have no bearing whatsoever on them professionally, and that claiming racism on these grounds with no real proof is racist in itself.

  4. Psychotext (@textuality) said on 11th November 2013, 18:34

    Quite surprised by the Webber interview. Certainly sounds like he’s got quite a bit of respect for Vettel (even if he doesn’t like him very much).

  5. Sumedh said on 12th November 2013, 5:23

    Perez out. Magnussen in. This is interesting!! I can’t wait for 2014 now..

  6. THE LIMIT said on 12th November 2013, 14:23

    Nice of Webber to say that, when he could have said nothing at all. If anybody can come out and say that Vettel’s success is not all down to Adrian Newey then it is Mark Webber. Actually, I never thought I would say this, but I am going to miss this guy next year!

  7. uan (@uan) said on 13th November 2013, 1:19

    So with Webber’s straight shooting praise of Vettel, can we finally put away doubts that Vettel is legit and it’s not all about the car or Newey? Webber really has no dog in the fight and it’s not like he has to worry about any blowback by telling the truth, whether he slates Vettel or not.

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