Christian Horner’s recent assertions in playing down suggestions that Lewis Hamilton is on the Red Bull shopping list as a possible successor to Mark Webber are predictably unconvincing.  “It’s difficult to see how you could have two drivers of Lewis’ and Seb’s (Vettel’s) calibre under one roof because there tends to be fireworks as we saw with Fernando(Alonso) and Lewis(at McLaren in 2007),” he told the Daily Telegraph last week. 

“Seb and Mark are at different stages of their career and they compliment each other.”

Well, yes and no. But the historical truth of the matter is that ever since Stirling Moss was selected to drive alongside Juan Manuel Fangio in the Mercedes F1 squad back in 1955, the burning ambition of every team manager worth his salt is to have two absolute top drivers paired together in his team – and prove to the world that he can manage them.