The tide can turn pretty quickly in F1. For Mark Webber, The Monaco Grand Prix brought in a wave of belief that this could actually be his year.

Eight days and two dominant performances have seen Webber’s stock go up no end. Robert Kubica did himself no harm whatsoever, though his reputation was never really in doubt.

Webber’s rising share price comes with no small amount of market speculation as silly season begins a third of the season in. His emergence has been a tribute to his own self-determination and self-belief. With Vettel as team mate he’s certainly needed both.

While Webber’s heart and desire have never been in question. His ultimate performance level has generally ignited longer debate. The tone of that discussion has changed this week, but even with his frightening car advantage, I still think everyone should wait a little while longer to assess the plucky Aussie’s true World Champ potential.

Christian Horner has been answering talk of renewed ties this week. Much of that agenda has been media generated mind. Slightly more surprising has been the speculation of Filipe Massa’s ‘divorce’ from Ferrari, with Webber as the slightly older replacement bride.

After a disappointing eighth place in China, Webber has been quite literally a ‘Bull in a China shop’, breaking all before, or should that be behind him. Speculation aside, his bread looks well buttered exactly where he is.

The other big talking point of the weekend was Michael Schumacher’s opportunistic overtake of Fernando Alonso to snatch sixth place in the final corner after yet another safety car. The audacity of such a move surprised everyone – not least Alonso. Ross Brawn put forward the case of a seasoned lawyer. As it turned out, he hadn’t the clearest understanding of what the laws were. Then again, who did?

Despite the following confusion, it served to confirm there is definitely life in the old dog and an alternative career open to the wily old team principle if he so choses.

F1 continues to wrap itself in enough red tape to choke an elephant; Damon Hill was the unfortunate elephant in the stewards’ room.

Schumacher’s trip over that tape left him twelfth and the vast majority of fans shaking their heads. Can anyone name a sport that takes three hours to make a ruling on decision that should be black and white? I know I can’t.

Were it not for safety cars, Mark Webber would have been performing swimming pool back flips before half the grid had even crossed the line. Barring a Turkish surprise next week, a Red Bull win looks firmly on the cards in Istanbul. Red tape permitting.