Marko 'not worried' about 2014 line-up
1 May 2013 – Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko sees no reason for the team not to have "two top drivers" at its disposal next year, with the Austrian insisting that there are strong options available if Mark Webber chooses to leave at the end of the 2013 season.
Webber, who has traditionally signed one-year contract extensions, will not discuss his future with Red Bull heads until the summer months, but Marko says he holds no concerns over maintaining a formidable driver line-up whatever the outcome may be.
"Many drivers want to drive for Red Bull, and we have two very good juniors," Marko explained to the APA news agency. "I'm not worried that we will have something other than two top drivers in the end."
If Webber decides to depart the Milton Keynes-based team, Marko highlighted Toro Rosso youngsters Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo as the primary candidates for the seat, although admits that the latter currently holds the upper hand.
"In general we are happy with both drivers," he said. "Ricciardo is currently the better one. Vergne is too impetuous, asking too much of these sensitive tyres in qualifying."
Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel has a Red Bull contract through 2014.