Australia’s most recent Formula One World Champion Alan Jones says a possible move by Mark Webber to Ferrari would inject a “breath of fresh air” into the latter stages of his compatriot’s career.
Speaking to the Australian Grand Prix ‘Keeping Track’ podcast, Jones, the 1980 World Champion for Williams, says driving for Ferrari is something that every F1 driver craves, and that Webber should consider a stint at the famous Italian team should an opportunity arise.
Webber, who took the eighth victory of his Formula One career by winning the Monaco Grand Prix for the second time last weekend, is currently on a one-year deal with Red Bull Racing, the team he has driven for since 2007.
Speculation has linked Webber to a Ferrari seat alongside two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso at regular intervals over the last few seasons.
“Mark has already done one of the two things that most Formula One drivers would like to do, and that’s win Monaco – the other one is to drive for Ferrari,” Jones said.
“I’m sure he’d have a look at it. If he goes to Ferrari, it could be a breath of fresh air – it’s very prestigious and something really good to have on your CV. He gets on extremely well with Alonso, so maybe that could be a good way for him to go.
“Personally, I think that Mark is with a good team (but) having said that, if he signed on with Red Bull next year he’s still going to have Vettel as his teammate, which is a pretty hard task.”
In an expansive interview with ‘Keeping Track’, Jones also discussed the progress of fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo in his first full F1 campaign, and spoke of the return of Williams to the top step of the podium this season.
Also on this week’s episode of Keeping Track, we look back at Mark Webber’s superb win in the Monaco Grand Prix and review the latest two rounds of the world championship with Network 10 Formula One host Greg Rust. Click here to listen now! You can subscribe to the podcast for free through iTunes or through the RSS feed on grandprix.com.au