One of the most fascinating aspects of the 'Who will fill Mark Webber's cockpit?' conundrum has been the back story; the jostling for position by teams and their principals, managers and headline sponsors.
It all kicked off, of course, with the Australian's late-June announcement that he would be switching to Porsche and endurance racing from 2014.
The timing wrong-footed Red Bull Racing, and there exists evidence to suggest that Webber, who at times felt surplus to requirements, kept the drinks company's head honcho Dietrich Mateschitz in the loop, but failed to grant team boss Christian Horner the same courtesy.
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