Mark Webber has paid tribute to the mentoring role Jack Brabham played in his own career, saying the three-times Formula One champion had taken the "hardest road" and made it easier for other Australians to follow.
Disqualified in Australia and dumped with a 10-place grid penalty after Malaysia, even the eternally optimistic Daniel Ricciardo was struggling to stay positive after a testing start to his Red Bull career.
Williams driver Felipe Massa stands by his decision to ignore team orders to let teammate Valtteri Bottas pass him in the closing stages of Sunday`s Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, saying the team should recognize he has his own interests to pursue in the drivers` championship.
Daniel Ricciardo`s promotion to the Red Bull hot seat promised a more pliable partner for Sebastian Vettel, but the 24-year-old`s impressive qualifying at his home Grand Prix suggests the world champion has another gritty Australian to deal with.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who has replaced compatriot Mark Webber as quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel`s team mate, broke down on his first lap of the day and managed only two further circuits before Red Bull called time.
Sebastian Vettel coasted to a fourth consecutive title in 2013 but whether the record-breaking German makes it five next year could depend on how he and Red Bull get to grips with Formula One`s new technical landscape.
Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher hailed Sebastian Vettel`s record-breaking Formula One season on Friday and said the gulf between his fellow German and his Red Bull team mate Mark Webber had been `shocking`.