According to Spanish website mundodeportivo.com, Red Bull driver Mark Webber will be joining Fernando Alonso at Scuderia Ferrari in 2013, replacing Felipe Massa who has struggled to regain form since his accident at the 2009 Hungarian grand prix.
According to correspondent Raymond Blancafort, Webber has already signed a pre-contractual agreement to drive for Ferrari in a one-year deal, providing the opportunity for Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez to join the team in 2014.
Webber’s contract with Red Bull runs out at the end of 2012 and he’s already said “he’d need something (else) competitive (to drive)” if Red Bull didn’t re-sign him for 2013.
The 35-year-old Aussie driver was overshadowed by his teammate Sebastian Vettel last year, but has begun the 2012 season in much stronger form.
Despite rumours that ‘Checo’ Pérez might step in at Ferrari as early as the Spanish GP this May, it’s thought that Ferrari would like him to gain more experience before being placed under the spotlight with Italy’s national racing team.
Whilst Checo’s courage and speed are in little doubt, Massa has not been far behind his teammate during 2012 in terms of pure lap times. With Webber, Ferrari would gain advantage of his experience, consistent results and that fact the he and Alonso already get on well.