Red Bull is on the verge of announcing that Mark Webber will spearhead the 2007 lineup alongside Scottish veteran David Coulthard.
Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz, who is visiting the Budapest paddock this weekend, is quoted by Austria’s national broadcaster ‘Osterreichischer Rundfunk’ (ORF) as offering high praise for 29-year-old Webber.
Australia’s Webber, who raced for Jaguar before Ford sold it to Mateschitz, is presently ‘on the market’ after failing to agree terms to stay at Williams beyond this year.
Mateschitz said: ”Webber is a very pleasant and fair sportsman. He has a high marketing value but, most importantly, is very fast.
”Nobody questions his qualities.”
After delaying the driver decision, Red Bull is now expected to confirm its 2007 race lineup in the coming days.