Mark Webber who raced in F1 between 2002 and 2013 says he nervous about Sebastian Vettel's Formula One career.
After enduring a torrid final season with Ferrari, Vettel has swapped the Italian team for Lawrence Stroll's new project at Aston Martin. Webber who teamed up with Vettel for five seasons at Red Bull says the move might benefit his former teammate though he is still concerned about the German's F1 future.
"I'm still a bit nervous about how this season will unfold for him." Webber said on the On Marbles podcast.
"I'm a bit nervous, I must say I'm worried how many bullets has he got left in his magazine?"
Webber did however say a change to a British team should help the German as the four-time world champion has always been comfortable working in an English environment.
"I think he's gonna enjoy the environment, [at Aston Martin] there's no question about that. He will enjoy not being at Maranello and being in, let's say, the English vibe and culture. He's always enjoyed that."
Webber did however caution that a change in environment might not necessarily translate itself into on-track performances.
"What that doesn't translate into is automatic performance. I don't know how it's going to go on the stopwatch, let's be honest he's still he's not at the start of his career and if you're mid-pack, I don't care what color the car is whether you've changed team, mid-pack is still mid-pack, and he's not a mid-pack guy.
"The team, they're not serial winners yet, they haven't got the intensity about them. They're on a journey, yes he's gonna understand that but how's that gonna go for his juices in terms of motivation and momentum? I'm really nervous."
Webber's concerns do have a lot of merit if Vettel's performance in Bahrain was anything to go by. The German ended the weekend accumulating five penalty points on his license and finishing a lowly 15th in the final race classifications.