Red Bull Racing 2009.
At the beginning of this season, many observers viewed the forthcoming RBR driver lineup with delicious anticipation: Mark Webber, the veteran Aussie who never quite had the car to match his talents, and Sebastian Vettel, the new German Wunder-Kid who was looking like he might be the new Schumi.
Mark Webber has a history of beating his teammates, and just needed that final piece of the jigsaw to fall into place to become a race winner.
Sebastian Vettel, already the youngest winner in F1, moved into the team to race against one of the quickest men over a single lap in the business.
The season began badly for Mark before the first race with his accident.
Some of the observers began to put the first nails in the coffin for him there and then. Despite this his spirits remained up, as I can testify that at a fabulous New Years Eve bash at Il Maschio, Mark spent most of the night with us, despite being on crutches.
Basically, the general opinion was, whichever of the two drivers had the worst season would be finished, or at the very least have their status within F1 very much reduced.
All this though is preamble to my main point.
Somehow, and mainly through great performances by both drivers, the stock of both Mark and Sebastian has gone up.
Sebastian has more than proven that the predictions about his abilities were on the money. He really is a supreme talent and a young guy that will win Championships. Definitely.
Mark has also proven that he can race, and has pushed Sebastian all the way, in fact, has now pushed Sebastian so hard, that Vettel has had to raise his own game further just to try and beat him.
So, RBR are in the pound seats. They have two drivers who are pushing each other every step of the way, whether it has been in practice, qualifying or the race. The rivalry between the two drivers has made them both drive better and faster at every race.
Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, a dream team.
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