Australia’s most recent Formula One World Champion Alan Jones says a rumoured move to Ferrari by Mark Webber would inject a “breath of fresh air” into the latter stages of his compatriot’s career.
Jones, who won the Williams team’s first World Championship title in 1980, says driving for Ferrari is something that every F1 driver craves, and that Webber should consider a stint at the famous Italian team should an opportunity arise.
Webber, who took his eighth career victory when he won the Monaco Grand Prix for the second time last weekend, is currently on a year-by-year contract with Red Bull Racing, with whom he has driven since 2007, coincidentally after a two-year stint with Williams.
Webber has repeatedly been linked to a Ferrari seat alongside two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso over the last few seasons, although he has always sought to pour water on these rumours despite admitting that he would love to race in “those red cars”.
“Mark has already done one of the two things that most Formula One drivers would like to do, and that’s win Monaco – the other one is to drive for Ferrari,” Jones said in the interview which was broadcast on the Australian Grand Prix’s ‘Keeping Track’ podcast.
“I’m sure he’d have a look at it. If he goes to Ferrari, it could be a breath of fresh air – it’s very prestigious and something really good to have on your CV. He gets on extremely well with Alonso, so maybe that could be a good way for him to go.
“Personally, I think that Mark is with a good team (but) having said that, if he signed on with Red Bull next year he’s still going to have Vettel as his teammate, which is a pretty hard task.”
In an expansive interview with ‘Keeping Track’, Jones also discussed the progress of fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo in his first full F1 campaign, and spoke of the return of Williams to the top step of the podium this season.
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Don’t forget that our own exclusive interview with Australia’s other Formula 1 World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham, will be online next week!