Mark Webber says that his successor at Red Bull, compatriot Daniel Ricciardo, must 'weather the storm', with the younger Australian finding himself in the midst of a sequence of tough races.
Webber raced for Red Bull between 2007 and 2013 prior to his move to the World Endurance Championship, after which he was replaced by Ricciardo, who scored three wins on his way to third in the 2014 title race, beating Sebastian Vettel in the standings.
This year Ricciardo has yet to finish on the podium and currently sits in seventh position in the championship, having added just a single point to his tally across the last three races, enabling team-mate Daniil Kvyat to close to within nine points.
Ricciardo is contracted to Red Bull for the immediate future and Webber says that the Red Bull driver has the 'sensational' talent to get out of his current rut.
"[He] is going well," Ricciardo told Canberra Times. "He's in a bit of a tough situation this year with the car not performing that well so he's having a tougher season this year.
"He's sensational quality. He's got to weather the storm at the moment and do well and get himself in a better situation in the future and start getting those wins again and put a championship campaign together.
"The middle of next year, he's got some decisions to make."