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Alan Jones tells Webber to treat Vettel as an enemy

May 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber AP

1980 world champion Alan Jones has told fellow Australian Mark Webber to treat Sebastian Vettel as an enemy for the rest of the season.

Following the multi 21 fiasco at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the relationship between Webber and Vettel appears to be at an all-time low, but Jones has encouraged his compatriot not to simply roll over and accept his number two status.

“Seb has proved he can’t be trusted,” Jones told The Guardian. “From now on Mark must view him as just another enemy.

“If Seb didn’t like what was going on he shouldn’t have signed his agreement with Red Bull in the first place.”

The race in Malaysia saw Vettel overtake Webber against team orders, but Red Bull have not sanctioned their triple-champion driver. As a result, Webber is poised to leave the team at the end of the season, although Jones believes that he could yet win the world championship despite the 35 point gap to his teammate.

“The title will be won by the most consistent performer.

“We know that Mark is good enough, and has a good enough car, to perform consistently.”

The management at Red Bull appears to have made its stance perfectly clear over the matter, but should Webber heed Jones’ advice and treat his teammate more aggressively on track, the defending champions could end up losing out in both title races.

  1. apexassassin - May 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Lol, and how is that advice going to change anything? Webber has hardly helped Vettel on track, except by being unable to match Vettel’s performances. Well, I guess Jones is out of touch with reality these days… as Mark was never good enough. 9 wins in 200 races and had the best car for 60 of them.

  2. manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    No matter how you feel about these two drivers, the simple fact that Red Bull is choosing to pit them against each other with the way they run the team makes it impossible for me to root for them. Webber could handle the situation better, but Vettel has gone out of his way to act the diva with his inflated ego. Both drivers are competitive and want to win, but Red Bull appears to have no clue what the word “team” means.

    • apexassassin - May 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      And Mclaren are any different? Merc?

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