Red Bull team boss praises Mark Webber's determination
2011 was undoubtedly a difficult year for Red Bull's Mark Webber; however, his team boss believes that the Australian dealt with the difficulties exceptionally well...
Webber has recently received public praise from Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner, who has told press that he believes Webber handled the enormous pressure from team mate Sebastian Vettel superbly.
Although Webber could only manage a third place finish overall in the drivers' championship, his team thinks that he still displayed excellent grit and determination both on and off the track.
"Lesser drivers would have crumbled under that pressure but Mark isn't like that,” commented Horner.
"He uses the pressure to motivate himself and will come out really fired up for Melbourne in 2012," he added.
World champion Vettel put in a stellar performance throughout the season to finish 134 points ahead of his team mate; despite this, Webber did manage to clinch the last victory of the season in Brazil – Horner believes that Webber will use the momentum given to him by the victory to put in an explosive start to his next campaign.
Horner also spoke of his admiration for the Australian's character, saying: "He's a world-class driver,” and "He's very strong mentally."
"He'll be focusing hard over the winter and will be determined to come back and have a really strong 2012," added Horner.
Although Webber clearly has faith from his boss, many critics believe that Vettel is simply too strong to have his title usurped any time soon.
"Sebastian has been amazing this year," said Horner. "He's been absolutely faultless."
"To have won 11 races and finish second five times is the most remarkable season. He's a very deserving double-world champion."
BlueSQ, Stan James and bet365 currently offer 9/2 odds that McLaren's Lewis Hamilton will go on to win next year's F1 drivers' championship.