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Webber Sets things Straight

by F1Fan on July 15, 2010

Mark Webber convincingly won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this past weekend becoming the first Formula One driver to win three races this year and his first win at the historic Silverstone circuit, one of the most prestigeous races of the F1 season.

However what should have been a great result for Webber and the Red bull Racing team was somewhat overshadowed by the events that took place within the team before the race even started. Where Webbers new Front wing was taken off of his car and given to his team mate Sebastain Vettel after the mounting components on Vettels Wing failed during Friday Practice.

Webber still qualified on the front row just behind his team mate but in the Post qualifying Press Conference it was clearly evident that he was not a happy camper. His comments on the in car radio to his team principal after the race and comments he made during the post race Press Conference made it clear that he was P_____ Off a little peeved by the whole affair

Anyway fast forward a few days and the red mist seems to have cleared, Mark Webber just released this statement to clarify the situation:

Winning the British Grand Prix was a great thrill for all of us at Red Bull Racing.

My disappointment on Saturday after qualifying spilled over into Sunday but it was simply due to the fact that I, along with every other driver on the grid, wanted the best possible chance of success.
Sebastian received the newer front wing for reasons which were not clearly explained to me until Saturday late afternoon. Obviously I can see why a team may at certain points have to favour a driver with more points in the championship, if there are only enough resources to fully support one of us.

We’ve already debriefed the race weekend at the factory and have cleared the air. It’s now understood that, should we face this unlikely dilemma again, preference will go to the championship points leader.
Of course things get said in the heat of the moment which, with hindsight goggles on, probably shouldn’t have been said. Formula One is a highly charged and fiercely competitive arena where emotions and adrenalin do run high from time to time like in many sports and my comment on the radio after the race was an example of Australian sarcasm – either at its best or worst depending on how you choose to take it. But rest assured, under the helmet I was massively rapped about winning one of the most prestigious events on the F1 calendar and Red Bull Racing’s local race. It’s a home race of sorts for me; I only live 40 mins down the road and the UK and Buckinghamshire in particular has been home to me for the past 15 years so Silverstone and the British GP are both very special to me.

Christian Horner and I have known each other for many years; we’re friends and have a strong mutual respect which continues and extends to other activities, such as our GP3 team and interest in finding and nurturing young racing talent.

The team has produced an awesome car and has come a long way in a short space of time. There are more than 500 people at the Red Bull Racing factory at Milton Keynes and I know that each and every one of them share the highs and lows that Sebastian and I experience during the season. The support we both enjoy is phenomenal and on Sunday evening many of them joined us at Christian’s annual post-race party and celebrated our win in style.

The respect within the team extends to the drivers. I know I have a very good driver as a team-mate and I wouldn’t want it any other way. We share information freely in team meetings and contribute to the development and improvement of our cars. Seb and I are not enemies, we’re just two drivers that are pushing hard and want to do the best for ourselves and the team, it’s as simple as that.
The British Grand Prix was a wonderful result for myself and the team; however time moves fast and looking in the mirror for too long doesn’t prepare us for Germany. We’ve moved on.

Its a pity that the teams policy of giving preference to the Driver with the most points in the Championship if there are not enough resources to support both Drivers had not been clearly communicated to the Drivers before the race. But who new this situation was going to occur, sometimes Shit happens for a reason.

If Webber was not so fired up before the race, he may not have fought so hard with his team mate for the first corner and just maybe would not have Won. I for one am glad he did, now we have four drivers all closely fighting for the World Championship. If it carry’s on like this the second half of the season is going to be a real nail biter.

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