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Unhappy Webber considering his future after row (VIDEO)

Mar 25, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

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Ominous words from Mark Webber suggest he is considering his future in the sport following the controversial end to the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Webber lost victory in yesterday’s race after team mate Sebastian Vettel refused to obey an order telling the pair to hold position and snatched the win for himself.

“There were a lot of things going through my mind in the last 15 laps of the Grand Prix, lots of different reasons, not just from today but also from the past,” said Webber after the race.

“We’ll see what happens. We’ve got three weeks before the next race.”

Webber said he intends to spend some time in his native Australia with his phone switched off while he considers his response to yesterday’s events.

He and Vettel have had several conflicts during their time as team mates. In 2010 they collided while leading the Turkish Grand Prix, putting Vettel out. The following year Webber ignored a team order to hold position behind Vettel in the closing laps of the British Grand Prix. And in last year’s season finale Vettel was unhappy at Webber’s reluctance to cede position to him even as the championship hung in the balance.

Webber’s dissatisfaction is about more than just the situation at Red Bull. He has repeatedly criticized F1’s current generation of tires:

“I think it’s quite good for the neutral, good for the fans and good for probably new people that are following Formula One,” he said yesterday.

“But the old – let’s say people who have more of a grasp of the sport and more education of where the sport was – it’s still a little bit hit and miss.”

Webber added the tire situation is likely to cause further rows over team orders:

“You watch Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer play each other and it’s playing with the lines, it’s playing with precision for a five set match and we all enjoy watching that but at the moment we’re driving at eight and a half tenths, eight tenths, conserving our pace and some more situations like this will probably happen in the future because there’s a lot of ambiguity in who’s (on the) pace and who’s quick.”

  1. cdawgredface - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    NBC Sports has done a great job but I’d like to request that they don’t stream the F1 results before the re-air comes on. My heart sank when I was watching the Indy Car race and the F1 results came streaming across the bottom. This also led to me barely turning the race on once it was re-airing. Thanks.

    • roh2001 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Watch it live and this won’t be an issue.

      • cdawgredface - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        At 4:30am no thanks, sorry but I have a life. Thanks for the advice.

      • apexassassin - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:13 PM


    • thebruge - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Got a DVR? Record the live race and then watch, bonus being you can skip the commercials! That’s what I do.

      • cdawgredface - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        Definitely should have gone that route

    • icemanpjn - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:47 PM


      F1 news is neportable news the instant it happens, not half a day later when it becomes more convenient for some. Half a day later it is no longer news.

      • drewsylvania - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        NBCSP is an American outfit. You’d think they wouldn’t want to kill their OWN VIEWERSHIP of the rebroadcast.

    • f1phantom - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      You are absolutely correct. about the results in the crawler duirng the indycar race. I will say their graphics have improved since the first race with incorrectly spelled driver names, associated with the wrong team and incorrect points totals.

  2. f1fan1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Someone actually watched an IRL race? Voluntarily? That’s front page news by itself.

    And yeah, the F1 race took place many hours earlier. You expect them not to show the results in this day & age?

    • cdawgredface - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      It was quite a bit more exciting than the F1 race in Malaysia actually and no body cried because they got passed.

    • apexassassin - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      hahahahaha! So true. Talk about a boring series. Can’t wait until it’s REPLACED by GP2 Americas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • gbfan83 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Yes we know your not an IndyCar fan because…..oh wait a minute let me just pull up a post from 17 years ago and insert here. Good lord, give it up…..

  3. f1fan1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    On the topic, where is Mark going to go that gives him a better opportunity to run competitively than Red Bull? He’s going to have to face facts that he’s a #2 and be okay with that. Things could be much, much worse.

  4. apexassassin - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Webber is a joke. Hope he enjoys his new career in V8’s.

  5. cgspens - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Looks like Senna and Prost.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I don’t understand…?

    Shortly after Vettel’s pass, Webber was clearly seen to be indicating by hand signals to Vettel that he thought Seb was number 1…

    One has to feel for Webber getting caught out like that, but some of his comments were out of place in a public forum, making him come across as a bit of a churl. And, commentary about fan perception re tires is condescending claptrap.

    See my hand, guess who’s number 1 Mark…

  7. f1phantom - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Webber has been with Red Bull for many years and and produced nothing but the occasional race win. Vettels’ record does not need to be restated here. It is worthy of note that during the last race of last season when Webber was asked if he would help Vettel secure the championship, Webber pretty much said Vettel was on his own. Webber is not a has been; he never was a champion (and is not a team player), Vettel is a champion and has a bright future. I can think of many drivers that would do as well, if not better than Webber in RBR car. I understand that a 1, 2 finish for the team is the same regardless of which driver leads; however, in my opinion, Webber winning this race would have been a waste of points, and may very well have benefitted a non Red Bull driver in the Driver Chapionship.

  8. swordthrower - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Vettel won by 3 points last year. Do you really think he will at any time give up 7 this year? Never was going to happen.

  9. catingaround - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Ferrari to RBR: Team orders favoring your #2? You’re doing it wrong.

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