F1: Coulthard Says Webber 'Would Have Been Champ', Can Keep Going

Peter Anderson | Feb 12, 2013

Mark Webber will line up on the grid as the oldest F1 driver in the field, but former teammate David Coulthard says he can go on for a lot longer yet.

“Had it not been for Sebastian Vettel, Mark would have been maybe a multiple World Champion,” Coulthard told the Australian Grand Prix podcast, Keeping Track.

“The reality is that if Mark continues to do what he’s been doing over the last couple of years, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t continue.”

Thirty-six year old Webber won two Grands Prix in the 2012 season, at Monaco and Silverstone, and Coulthard believes he could easily add to his total of nine wins.

“The future is in Mark’s hands. He’s a great racing driver and has won nine Grands Prix, some of them fantastic like a couple of times at Silverstone and Monaco, two very different and challenging race tracks that show the depth of his talent."

Webber led the 2012 championship, and his teammate, until a car upgrade drove him into a slump, bringing his teammate back into contention and, eventually, to the title.

The Australian has also been linked with a drive at Le Mans with Porsche in 2014, a rumour partly driven by Red Bull's insistence on keeping Webber on one-year contracts, but Coulthard believes he can go on, keeping fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo from his RBR seat.

“That’s the dilemma Red Bull have. I’m sure Daniel would be entirely capable, but as a team, you want to keep the equilibrium if it’s working," Coulthard said.

"If the cake is turning out good every time, you keep putting in the same ingredients.”

Webber will be back on track in the RB9 at the second winter test before returning to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix on 17th March.

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  • Poisson says,
    3 years ago
    Yes, Webber could indeed have been world champion if a whole series of little (and some not so little) things hadn't gone against him. Like being taken out by his "teammate", being the subject of poor pitstop strategies compared with his "teammate" and being the subject of Helmut Marko's mind games. To some extent he is also a victim of his own errors with a number of crashes he should probably have avoided.
  • Mosie says,
    3 years ago
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    I couldn't agree with Poisson more. It's a lot about circumstances and being in the right place at the right time. If Vettel was not around at the moment where would Mark be? As for Marko a bit more professionalism would not go amiss!
  • FrugalOne says,
    3 years ago
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    Webber blew his chance in Korean GP

    He cannot match his team mate

    So just making up numbers, maybe that other Aussie can make a better go of it
  • Glass says,
    3 years ago
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    The fact that out of two cars in the one team, one had fully functional technology and the other did not and on repeated occasions, you have to ask some questions. Also, while Mark is good, he like Coulthad was, is in a sport where there just happens to be some other exceptional talent. Some people are drivers and some people are racers. I think with all due respect, Mark is more a driver than racer. I will still be watching and cheering for the Aussies. To have 2 Aussies in what is considered the peak motor sport on the planet (debatable sure) is outstanding and I applaud the hard work both of them put in to get where they are. Rides like that don't come easy, you have to earn them.
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