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Marko believes Red Bull dispute is over

Mar 31, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has revealed that the team considers the dispute between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to be over.

Vettel ignored team orders to overtake Webber for the lead in the dying stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix last Sunday, as the internal tension at Red Bull boiled over for all to see. Although many believe the matter is far from over, Marko has assured the media that the issue has been put to bed.

“In the debrief afterwards, there was the relevant discussions about the race and then there was a handshake between the two drivers,” Marko said to the BBC.

“For us, now, the issue is settled.”

Marko has frequently favored Vettel over Webber, calling the Australian “inconsistent”, but on this matter he has said that triple-champion Vettel was in the wrong.

“I don’t think he will do that again.

“They don’t have to be completely on the same page but it must be a solid working partnership.”

Although the handshake between the two drivers suggests that the situation is not irreparable, the matter is likely to still be the talk of the paddock when Formula One returns in two weeks’ time at the Chinese Grand Prix. However, Red Bull will be keen on drawing a line underneath the entire dispute, in order to prevent their championship charge being damaged from the inside.

  1. manchestermiracle - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    “I don’t think he will do that again.” – Marko

    If you can’t claim you know Vettel won’t “do that again” then your potential internal issues aren’t resolved. Marko is insuring the rift remains simply by continuing the obvious preference for Vettel over Webber.

    Vettel received nothing but a lame “tsk, tsk” for ignoring team orders and making Webber look the fool. I see Webber working hard the rest of the year to polish his game and then taking it elsewhere next season.

    Red Bull is either clueless about what makes good team harmony or else they are setting the stage to force Webber out while trying to not make it look like they are. And doing a lousy job of that as well.

    • apexassassin - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Do you forget Silverstone 2011 when Webber ignored team orders and tried, and I stress “tried” to overtake Vettel for the win, risking both cars dnf from a sure 1-2?

      Marko’s comment is apt, frankly because he didn’t say “He’ll never do that again” as the circumstance is beyond his control or would you prefer the Brawn approach where Barichello and Rosberg (apparently) are doomed to play second fiddle?

      The better and faster driver won and the only fans with a problem with that are either haters, Webber fans, or rival fans.

      I do agree RBR have created and perpetrated this situation by allowing Webber to believe he has an equal chance for the title, despite 4 years of evidence to the contrary. Webber is just gullible and/or narcissistic to play along. Personally I’d have sacked Webber a long time ago and hired a pure #2 number driver who is there soley to help Vettel smash as many records as he can.

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:15 AM

        It isn’t that I’ve forgotten about Webber trying to pass Vettel for 2nd in that race (also ignoring team orders), it’s that I don’t believe two wrongs make a right.

        Yes, I have to agree that Webber is either some sort of masochist for allowing Red Bull to treat him rather shabbily or else knows he has no other options. He obviously thinks he has what it takes to be a #1 driver, but it should be blatantly clear to him by now that RBR does not share that opinion. Either Webber accepts his role as #2 at RBR or he will have to find another ride for next year, perhaps even sooner than that.

        The main point of my post was that Vettel took a stupid chance and essentially mirrored what Webber tried at Silverstone, potentially taking out both cars. Just because Vettel made it work doesn’t make it any less risky and one would expect more maturity out of the team’s top driver.

  2. icemanpjn - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I think you’re thinking of Turkey 2010. Britain 2011 Seb and Mark finished 2-3.

    • apexassassin - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Ooops, my bad! 2-3 it was, but Webber still ignored several team orders, which was my point.

      Really, just recall last year’s final race at Interlagos. Massa drove a brilliant #2 drivers race will Webber did the exact opposite and drove like a selfish arse. I’m shocked RBR didn’t replace him after that, though I guess they were too busy trying to understand how they won despite making terrible strategy decisions, idk.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:23 AM

      In the 2010 Turkish GP Vettel crashed himself out of the race trying to pass Webber for the lead. Webber ended up finishing 3rd. Why RBR continues to employ both of these drivers is an utter mystery to me. If Vettel is your #1 guy then go find someone to faithfully play second fiddle to him, rather than keeping Webber around.

      Vettel obviously dislikes Webber and has no problem risking the team’s potential finishing positions in order to get around him. Vettel has proven that at least twice now, crashing out of the Turkish GP and getting away with it in Malaysia. I’m no fan of RBR, but Vettel just makes it easy to dislike him whether or not you have any opinion of Webber.

  3. techmeister1 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Marko is hoping to quash this deal because Vettel looks like such an arse and Red Bull very incompetent. Red Bull has already proven they are unethical so why should Vettel act any differently?

    • apexassassin - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      If there wasn’t a lame 3 week break it would already be over and we’d be discussing the next drama, Roscoe pooping in the pitlane perhaps…

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:26 AM

        That would definitely bring out at least a yellow flag…Brown flag?

  4. techmeister1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    It ain’t over until Webber says it’s over and that may be a long time from now. Vettel and Red Bull have proved that they unethical and disingenuous.

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