Jones: Webber should move to Ferrari
29 May 2012 – Mark Webber should consider a switch to Ferrari in order to begin a fresh new chapter in his Grand Prix career next year. That is the opinion of fellow Australian Alan Jones, World Champion of 1980. Webber’s Red Bull deal expires at the end of this year.
Webber has raced in Formula 1 since 2002 and, having failed to match Sebastian Vettel as the German found the sweet spot with last season’s exhaust-blown diffuser technology, the Queanbeyan-born driver is now tied on points with the German after six races of the new campaign. In the second half of last year, he signed a fresh one-year deal with Red Bull in order to keep both his and the team's options open.
“Everyone would like to drive for Ferrari at some point of their career,” Jones, who was the first Formula 1 title winner for Williams, is quoted as saying by Australia’s Herald Sun.
“I mean, he is in a bloody good team at the moment but I am sure he could be tempted to leave if they throw more money at him or go all out to give him a package that could win him a championship.”
However, he went on to warn that Fernando Alonso remains Ferrari’s centrepiece and that Webber would not be able to expect any number one driver status.
“There is no way in the world he would walk into Ferrari and be the number one driver,” Jones continues. “Alonso is their man. He has signed a multi-year deal and he is the blue-eyed boy there. Mark would have to go there and really assert his superiority over Alonso...which would not be an easy task.”
Webber’s second Monte Carlo victory was his first since Brazil last year and the eighth of his F1 career, matching the sums of Belgian rain meister Jacky Ickx and 1967 Champion Denny Hulme. A Ferrari move would reshuffle the driver market; Webber would be replacing Felipe Massa, leaving the Red Bull Racing door open for either of the current Toro Rosso drivers.