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Mark Webber predicts 2016 Ferrari move for Vettel

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With many still fascinated by the prospect of a Fernando Alonso - Kimi Raikkonen partnership at Ferrari in 2014, Red Bull's Mark Webber has claimed Sebastian Vettel will be Maranello's next target for 2016.

Both Alonso and Raikkonen have contracts that expire after 2015, leaving the possibility of both seats being available for new drivers. It has long been speculated a future move to Ferrari would tempt Vettel away from Red Bull, and Webber believes that time would be right for the 26-year-old.

"Two years for probably both of them (Alonso and Raikkonen) actually I think," he told Sky Sports F1.

"And then what they (Ferrari) do after that obviously (is) pick Seb up off the back of Red Bull and then they keep moving from there."

Webber, who is retiring from F1 to move to Le Mans racing in 2014, has had a famously turbulent relationship with Vettel which, after a number of small incidents even pre-dating their coming together as teammates in 2009, came to a head in the now infamous 'Multi-21' saga at the Malaysian Grand Prix this year.

In the time of their partnership Vettel has won three world titles and is on the verge of a fourth, while Webber has only won eight grand prixs.

Webber, however gave some rare backing to Ferrari's decision to pair his good friend Alonso with Raikkonen next season claiming it is a "a very short-term aggressive statement from Ferrari to put the team at the front".

Webber also believes the partnership was necessary to give Alonso more of a challenge.

"They need Fernando to be pushed," added the Aussie. "He needs to be squeezed on Saturday afternoon to get the car further up the grid."


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