Reports are emerging that Red Bull could shuffle it’s drivers for the final two races of the season meaning this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could be Mark Webber’s last.
With the Australian leaving for Le Mans racing in 2014 and admitting he is suffering from a lack of motivation, it is suggested the planned moves for 2014 could come early.
The man who will replace Webber is fellow Aussie Daniel Ricciardo and if the reports are true he would make his debut at the United States Grand Prix in two weeks with Daniil Kvyat promoted to Toro Rosso.
However the team boss at Toro Rosso Franz Tost has dismissed the claims.
“I think it’s nonsense, and I know nothing about it,” Tost is quoted as saying. “Anyway, Daniil has no super licence, so how can he race?” the Austrian added.
The final point however, doesn’t stand because under the original plan laid out last week, Toro Rosso want to field Kvyat for Friday morning practice in Austin and Brazil, and to do so he will need a super-license.
Therefore Auto Sport und Motor are reporting the 19-year-old Russian will test a 2011 car at Misano early next week.
“That’s right,” Tost confirmed, “but the story for this is that he will do the first practice for us in Texas and Brazil.”
As for Red Bull themselves they too have denied Webber will be bowing out after Yas Marina.
“Mark Webber will drive the last three races for us,” the team told Speed Week.
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