Webber expects equal status with Vettel for 2012 title battle
10 July, 2012
Jul.10 (GMM) Mark Webber insists that he is not worried that Red Bull will ignore his bid for the 2012 Formula One world championship, because with two wins to his name this season, the Australian is Fernando Alonso’s closest challenger for the title.
Furthermore, Webber is a full 16 points ahead of Red Bull’s reigning double world champion Sebastian Vettel. But in 2010, the 35-year-old sensed that he was not racing on a level playing field, famously declaring his Silverstone win was “not bad for a number two driver” after earlier slamming his glass on the table of the interview venue when answering a question about driver equality.
Webber, however, insists things will be different in 2012, telling The Age, “They [Red Bull] know that this year’s championship is so open that we don’t have the luxury of maybe just seeing how the season might unfold if you put the energy and the focus on one car.”
Asked if he thinks he will enjoy equal number one status with Vettel, Webber added: “Yes, I believe that, for sure.”
Team boss Christian Horner added: “Having both drivers competing for the title is a good headache to have.”
But it’s uncharted waters for Vettel, as he pushes to restore his status as the Red Bull favourite.
Bild newspaper said after the British grand prix that the 25-year-old German is current “nothing more than the number two”.
Vettel commented: “It’s too early to start counting up points.”
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