Is there anyone else out there really very much looking forward to the clash between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber next year? It’s one that I’ve been thinking about for the last 15 seconds. Webber will finally be put to the test by someone with a proven track record, a proper charger.
His team mates throughout his career haven’t been absolutely first-class. At Minardi in 2002 he was up against the not-exactly-meteoric Alex Yoong, then Pizzonia and Klien at Jaguar for the next two years, both easy meat.
Then he had to raise his game a bit against Nick Heidfeld (and Pizzonia) in 2005, which he did, outqualifying them 15-4. Then it was the rookie Rosberg the following year, followed by Coulthard for the last two.
Now it’s Vettel for 17 races next year. Shall we have a little wager on the qualifying war? I’m going to play it slightly safe and say 10-7 to Webber.
I’m basing that on him knowing the car and team better, being unbelievably rapid in qualifying, and that Vettel was out-qualified by Bourdais six times last year in the Toro Rosso.
I rate Bourdais very highly, but I think Webber will give Vettel a harder time. Anyone care to disagree about my 10-7 to Webber prediction?