Schumacher Urges Red Bull to Focus on Webber
Following the Red Bull fiasco in Korea over the past weekend, Mark Webber is now second in the overall classification, 11 points behind new leader Fernando Alonso, while his teammate Sebastian Vettel rests in 4th place, a full race win (25 points) away from the Ferrari driver.
“I'm sorry for Sebastian (Vettel). I have to recall almost a decade ago, when everyone thought we at Ferrari were crazy to be thinking about the championship so early. But if Red Bull had done the same, their worry lines would be much smaller now,” said Schumacher in a recent interview with German television Sky
Schumacher was practically the man who reinvented team tactics during his days at Ferrari, while backed for the world title by his team from the very beginning of the season. It all culminated with the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, when team orders forced Rubens Barrichello to hand over his well-deserved win to Schumacher on the last meters of the race.
However, it's not only Michael that thinks this way about Red Bull's prospects, but also his brother Ralf. Although he ended his F1 career a while back and is now driving for Mercedes in the DTM, the former Williams and Toyota man believes Red Bull should take the example of Ferrari and back only one driver for the title in the remaining 2 races.
“Now Red Bull need to play a single card; Mark Webber. Sebastian needs to get as many points as he can, but Red Bull must see to it that Webber gets the title,” added Ralf in an interview with Bild newspaper.
In the meantime, Red Bull continue to deny having decided on a single driver for the title hunt, although team manager Christian Horner did hint he will evaluate the drivers' situation in the standings in the weeks to come.
“I haven't had time to look at all the mathematics and scenarios. It's something that obviously we will look at pretty closely between now and Brazil,” said Horner.