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Vettel-Webber feud not over yet, says Watson

May 6, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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Five-times grand prix winner John Watson believes the feud between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at Red Bull will continues to cause problems at the team.

“The whole Malaysia thing has been swept under the carpet,” he told the BBC. I don’t know how long it can stay there.”

“I suspect we will still see ructions at races later in the year.”

Vettel and Webber’s most recent confrontation came at the Malaysia Grand Prix. But the pair first crossed swords before they became team mates.

Vettel versus Webber

Fuji, 2007 – Vettel, making his sixth start for Toro Rosso, crashes into the back of Webber while the pair are running second and third behind the safety car.

Istanbul, 2010 – Vettel moves across on Webber while overtaking him for the lead and the pair tangle. Vettel spins into retirement while Webber finishes third.

Silverstone, 2010 – Both drivers are given a single example of a new front wing but when Vettel’s fails in practice Webber’s wing is given to his team mate, who is ahead in the championship. The pair make slight contact at the start and Vettel drops backs with a puncture while Webber goes on to win.

Hungaroring, 2010 – Vettel drops behind Webber during a safety car period and is asked to hold up the queue behind him to benefit his team mate’s strategy. But he slows down too much and receives a penalty, allowing Webber to claim victory while Vettel finishes third.

Silverstone, 2011 – In the closing stages of the race Webber is told not to “hold position” behind Vettel but continues attacking his team mate for second place.

Interlagos, 2012 – Vettel, fighting for the championship, gets little co-operation from his team mate until Webber is repeatedly asked by the pit wall to let Vettel though.

Sepang, 2013 – Vettel urges his team to have Webber let him past early on but they refuse. Later he is told not to try to pass Webber but he ignores the order an overtakes his team mate to win.

  1. apexassassin - May 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Lol, Watson has gone off his meds! Someone wheel him back to his nursing home because his alzheimer’s is running wild. Next he’ll be telling us the Webber has the talent to be champion!

    Also you failed to included his quote where he tells Webber to treat Vettel like an enemy, which is a lol too! Like Webber ever had it any other way!

    • Keith Collantine - May 6, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      That quote was from Alan Jones, not John Watson, and it was covered here yesterday.

  2. techmeister1 - May 6, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Of course there will be more ramifications from Vettel violating team orders that he had agreed to prior to the race. It’s sad to see Vettel change from a nice young man with a promising career in F1, to an egomaniact so removed from reality that he believes he did nothing wrong and to quote him about Webber: “he didn’t deserve to win”.

    Some might disagree with Vettel considering Webber drove away from him in Malaysia at the rate of a half second per lap. The only way Vettel could pass Webber was after Webber turned the engine down as instructed by the team, which Vettel also refused to comply with. Vettel really has become an arse. If he was driving any car but Newy’s he’d be mid-field and getting a much needed reality check.

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