Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has no doubts that Mark Webber has the ability to end his Formula 1 career with victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Australian last won a race at Silverstone in July 2012, but Horner believes he could yet end teammate Sebastian Vettel’s run of eight consecutive victories at Interlagos on Sunday even though the German is in top form.
“Mark has always been very quick around here,” he noted of the Interlagos circuit. “Statistically, you’d have to say that with the form Sebastian is in at the moment it’s going to be very difficult for him, but never say never. The weather forecast looks pretty iffy for the whole weekend so it looks like there is going to be another element.
“This is a track that Mark has excelled at ” he has two previous victories here and he has always gone very well here.”
Horner believes that Webber is especially motivated to leave F1 on a high and hailed his recent form. Webber has claimed pole position for two of the last four races and would have made it three at Austin had he not underachieved in the final sector of the lap.
“He hasn’t struggled for motivation, certainly looking from within the team,” said Horner. “What was important for Mark was that when he called time on his career in F1, that he was still delivering at a top level. He will sign off his career here in Brazil absolutely at the top of his own game.”
Horner stressed that his two drivers would be free to race head to head for victory on Sunday if the situation arose.
“It will be the same as it has been all year,” he said. “The two of them ” unless there are unheard-of circumstances ” are absolutely free to race.”