Mark Webber has become accustomed to his rolling one-year contracts at Red Bull and there is every reason to believe that he will decide against renewing for another 12 months at the end of the current season.
Sebastian Vettel’s blatant disregard of team orders obviously denied Webber a first victory of the season in Malaysia and there must come a time when he gets fed up of playing second fiddle to the German.
Vettel’s own recent contract extension is further clarity that there is no urge to promote Webber to lead driver any time soon and in Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, there lies a hungry driver ready to step up.
Hunger is something that has seemingly been lacking from Webber for the best part of this season, which could be partly down to the lack of racing brought on by the stricter tyre management demands.
Webber has been outspoken on the lack of satisfaction this brings, especially with drivers backing out of racing within the first lap of a Grand Prix.
However, should he be looking for a high-profile job for an alternate team next season, he will have to show over the remainder of the campaign that he still possesses the pace to challenge for podium finishes.
The British Grand Prix represents a decent starting point, as it is a race that he has won in two of the last three years.
Meanwhile, he also started on pole in the year between on 2011, only to get one of his somewhat trademark bad starts and then being forced to follow team orders in remaining behind Vettel.
Webber is 9/1 to win the British Grand Prix this year which must be considered a decent price for a driver with not only course form, but a constructor that has already secured three victories this season.
After Silverstone comes the German Grand Prix and then the Hungarian Grand Prix and these races potentially offer Webber the chance to further bridge his 63-point gap to Vettel at the head of the drivers’ standings, given that he has won both previously before.
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