Webber tips Ricciardo to 'go well' against Vettel

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Webber thinks his countryman Ricciardo has a good chance to be competitive with his old team mate Vettel.

Feb.11 (GMM) Mark Webber expects his replacement at Red Bull, countryman Daniel Ricciardo, to put up a competitive defense alongside Sebastian Vettel this year.

By the end of the tense Webber-Vettel pairing, the duo were barely on speaking terms while Vettel was at the top of his game, winning a fourth consecutive championship in dominant style.

Australian Webber, who has switched to Le Mans with Porsche, managed to outqualify Vettel only twice in 2013, but the 37-year-old thinks Ricciardo will put up a stout effort this season.

"He'll go well," Webber told the March issue of Motor Sport magazine.

"I think he'll give Seb a real hard time in qualifying -- it'll be 50:50 in the first year, I reckon."

He suggested that the bulk of Vettel's advantage under the former regulations, his superiority in slow corners, was due to Adrian Newey's famous 'blown floor' cars.

"I took a few off Seb last year -- and the blown floor is gone now," said Webber.

"I think Daniel will be fine, and it certainly won't hurt him that he's come through the Red Bull system. I just hope he gets better starts than I did!"

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Tags champion, crash, daniel ricciardo, mark webber, red bull racing, vettel, win

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