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Webber: Vettel has protection within Red Bull

Mar 24, 2013, 6:32 AM EST

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Mark Webber has made no secret of his disappointment after losing the Malaysian Grand Prix to Sebastian Vettel late in the race, claiming that he was told to ease off.

“After the last stop the team told me the race was over,” he said. “We turned the engine down to go to the end.”

With their cars in first and second place, Red Bull asked their drivers to hold position in order to secure the result. However, it would appear that Vettel defied the team, and went in pursuit of the victory which he claimed after 56 laps in Malaysia. Webber made it clear that he felt Vettel had acted against the interests of the team

“The team made a decision which we always say before the start of the race is how it’s probably going to be: we look after the tires and get the cars to the end.

“In the end Seb made his own decisions today and will have protection as usual, and that’s the way it goes. I’m disappointed with the outcome of today’s race.”

Red Bull have been accused of favoring Vettel in the past, with Webber being told on many occasions to back off so as to not pose a threat to the German driver. Helmut Marko, a Red Bull advis0r, has repeatedly supported Vettel over Webber, which has gone a long way to causing disharmony within the team. With their relationship at an all-time low, Red Bull have a lot of work to do if they are to stop this inter-team battle affecting their championship aspirations.

  1. manchestermiracle - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    How does this team win while being so dysfunctional? Does Vettel not know what his teammate’s car looks like from behind? How do you inadvertently pass someone? Why does Webber have to follow team instructions, but not Vettel?

    With “advisers” like Marko favoring one driver over another, and Vettel ignoring team orders, these guys make it very hard to root for them.

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Red Bull has Austrian roots. The Austrians have a special talent for PR. Only they can convince the world that Mozart was Austrian and Hitler was German.

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Regardless of controversy, Seb is clear and away the best driver in the sport. And Red Bull, with Adrian Newey’s direction, the best team. Alonso’s foolish choice provides further question marks for Ferrari.

  4. icemanpjn - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Vettel isn’t the clear best. He is a good driver but it helps driving an Adrian Newey car. Remember that Lewis Hamilton beat Seb’s time around the Top Gear Test Track.

  5. apexassassin - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Fuck Webber. How can everyone outside of Oz that isn’t a Vettel hater see clearly that Webber just isn’t that good. After 11 years and 3 with the best car he hasn’t done anything but cry and fail… mostly fail.

    Good for Seb. Staying behind Webber would have been a silly mistake. At least he wasn’t a little bitch like Rosberg. Feel bad for the fans, having to see all the racers not actually racing.

  6. worknman24hours - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Webber knows this is how it will always be at Red Bull.

    He gets paid a heck of alot of money to drive the second fastest race car in Formula One to where it is planned to finish every race.

    SECOND PLACE.

    Webber is the second driver on the team,knows that and must accept it.

    Mark gets a great paycheck for that I must add.

  7. techmeister1 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Vettel is just an egotistic clown and Red Bull Racing as a team, a complete disgrace. Webber has proven time after time that given equal equipment he can beat Vettel and he proved it again in Malaysia. Vettel’s fanbois will make all sorts of excuses and claim that he apologized as if this will undue the damage. Vettel thinks the world revolves around him and as long as Red Bull supports this delusional state of mind, Vettel will continue his downword spiral as a human being. Some people just can’t handle fame and fortune.

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