Could this be the end for Vettel at Red Bull? Such is the talk in the paddock as we head to Australia for the first round of the 2014 F1 Championship. Motorsport.com reports:
Red Bull needs to up its game or risk losing Sebastian Vettel.
That is the admission of the team’s always-blunt Dr Helmut Marko, as quadruple reigning world champion Vettel prepares to either retire or finish outside the points as the 2014 season kicks off this weekend in Melbourne.
Marko admitted to Germany’s Bild newspaper: “If our disastrous state does not change soon, I could not blame him for thinking about a change.”
Vettel, 26, sat down with his mechanics in Melbourne on Tuesday for his traditional pre-season dinner, where he named his uncompetitive RB10 car an unspectacular ‘Suzie’.
Marko told Sport Bild magazine: “After the test in Bahrain, we would be happy if we finish in the points in Australia.
“We know that we have a good car,” he added, “but we’ll only know if the engine is good if we get it to work properly.
“The decisive factor is the new software that our engineers wrote for Renault.”
The undoubted favourite for the Albert Park opener is Mercedes, and F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday tipped Lewis Hamilton to win the title.
But 1996 world champion Damon Hill told the Daily Mail: “I would warn Lewis not to underestimate Nico (Rosberg).”
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