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Webber says former teammate is the ‘best on the grid’


Formula 1 News: It’s no secret that Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel weren’t the closest when they raced together at Austrian-owned giants Red Bull, but Multi 21 and the ‘Istanbul Incident’ aside, Webber recently named Ferrari driver Vettel as the best on the grid, ahead of the 2016 season.

With little over 53 days to go until lights out in Melbourne, Webber also branded Hamilton and Alonso as some of the best current drivers, with ultimately the German of Vettel topping his list.

“If I had to pick one, I’d probably pick Sebastian, in terms of pulling the whole juggernaut together and getting the whole team going, which I think he will do at Ferrari shortly,” the Australian driver told Australia’s WheelsMag 

“He’s notoriously consistent and unfortunately I was on the receiving end of a lot of that, but he’s pretty handy. Lewis has a little bit more of that mind-management challenge, whereas Sebastian is true to form in the Germanic fashion of that delivery.”

Webber, who currently races in the FIA World Endurance Championships with Porsche, partnered Sebastian Vettel for five years at the Milton Keynes based team Red Bull. In that time, Vettel won all four of the team’s campaigns, beating Webber to the championship trophy every time whilst providing spectators with regular episodes of the ‘Webber-Vettel Soap Opera’.

“If you’re talking Formula 1, the good boys always find themselves at the front and the good guys always find themselves in the best cars. Lewis has always been an incredibly fast, naturally gifted guy in all conditions and he’s very, very insensitive to tracks and to light rain and drizzle. It’s these sorts of things that make the calibre of a very, very fast and phenomenal driver,” Webber added, speaking of 3-time-world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

On the flip-side, Webber named Pastor Maldonado, Renault works seat holder (formerly Lotus F1), as the worst driver on the grid, labelling him as “out of his depth” and said that he was there to “make up the numbers.”