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Red Bull is confident that it has a strong pairing in Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber even though the 25-year-old German has comprehensively beaten his teammate since 2009.
Vettel has won the drivers’ championship in the last two seasons and is set to clinch his third straight title this year displaying a dominating performance since mid-2009. Meanwhile, the 36-year-old Webber has nine race wins, compared to Vettel’s 25 in that duration.
“It’s been up and down. At some stage this year Webber was quicker than Vettel. And now towards the end it seems that... Webber had bad luck in Suzuka, for instance, when he was turned around by, you know, (Romain) Grosjean,” Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko told F1Pulse.com in an exclusive chat.
“I think they are on similar speed but then it boils down to a daily performance differentiator,” believed the Austrian.
Webber will be racing for Red Bull in 2013 as well in what will be his seventh season with the team after the Australian signed a one-year contract extension with the Milton Keynes-based outfit in July.
“We are happy to have two strong drivers,” the 69-year-old said.
Marko added that Vettel and Red Bull’s recent strong run could roll over into next season as well, since the technical regulations won’t change much, but clarified that the team will definitely not relax despite the potential advantage.
“We’ll have to pick up. The whole field will be coming closer,” Marko pointed out. “So we are putting a lot of effort, as always, to be the frontrunners next year.”