Webber and Vettel spent five years as teammates at Red Bull Racing between 2009-13, a period where the team won four constructors’ titles and Vettel won four straight drivers’ championships in a sometimes acrimonious partnership with the veteran Australian.
Webber’s retirement at the end of 2013 opened the door for compatriot Daniel Ricciardo to partner Vettel at Red Bull last season, with Ricciardo stunning Vettel by winning three Grands Prix to finish ahead of his vastly more experienced teammate in the championship.
Speaking to the ‘Keeping Track’ podcast, Webber said he could already see Vettel’s impact at Ferrari, which comes into the season-opening Australian Grand Prix next month off its first winless year since 1993.
“I think his Ferrari move was inevitable; he’s not going to do his whole career in one team, and there’s no better team for him to go to than Ferrari,” Webber said.
“I’ve seen snapshots of how the team is operating in testing and what they’re doing, and I can see he’s already having an influence. He’s now underway there and I think it will be a good move for him long-term.”
Webber said Vettel, who took 13 race wins in Webber’s final F1 campaign in 2013, was almost impossible to beat in the final year of the sport’s former regulatory guise.
“There was a particular window where he (Vettel) was super-comfortable with the regulations where he looked virtually unbeatable,” he said.
“He was very strong with the blown diffuser cars and there was a very unique driving style, and he adapted to that exceptionally well and was extremely successful with it.”
Webber also spoke about Ricciardo’s chances at Red Bull this season, the new regulations that came into F1 last season, and his 2015 campaign for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship.
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