Red Bull considered signing Hamilton for 2013

Friday 13th June 2014, 14:03 by Ryan Wood 

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Red Bull's Helmut Marko has revealed that the team seriously considered replacing Mark Webber with Lewis Hamilton ahead of the 2013 season.

Webber was contemplating whether to retire or not and Red Bull were lining up options should he decide to, with Hamilton a leading candidate.

The Australian however chose to continue for another season and Marko decided it best to stick with the proven duo of Webber and Sebastian Vettel as he believed pairing Hamilton with Vettel would lead to fireworks.

"We were considering it, but we thought it wouldn't work," said the Austrian. "To be successful, you need a certain amount of harmony."

With Webber retiring at the end of the 2013 season, Red Bull chose Daniel Ricciardo as his successor as they believed he had proven his talent during that season with Toro Rosso and thought it a better option than to "take someone from outside" the Red Bull family.

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