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Mark Webber and Red Bull F1 team clear air

Mark Webber

Webber cools talk of Red Bull 'rift'

Mark Webber says he has cleared the air with Red Bull after the team were accused of favouring Sebastian Vettel at the British Grand Prix.

Red Bull controversially took a new front wing off Webber's car before qualifying to give to Vettel but Webber still went on to win Sunday's race.

Webber said on his website: "We've debriefed and have cleared the air.

"The respect within the team extends to the drivers. Seb and I are not enemies. We're just two drivers pushing hard."

Webber vented his frustration at the end of the race when, commenting on his win over the team radio, he said: "Not bad for a number two driver."

The 33-year-old Australian later added he would not have signed a new contract with Red Bull for 2011 in May if he had known there would be an element of favouritism against him.

Webber has since met Red Bull team principal Christian Horner at the team's factory in Milton Keynes to resolve any lingering tensions.

"Of course things get said in the heat of the moment which, with hindsight goggles on, probably shouldn't have been said," Webber added.


"Formula 1 is a highly charged and fiercely competitive arena where emotions and adrenalin do run high from time to time.

"My comment on the radio after the race was an example of Australian sarcasm - either at its best or worst depending on how you choose to take it."

Webber and Horner sat down on Tuesday to discuss the team's decision to swap front wings because Webber wanted to have the situation clarified.

Horner had conceded after the race weekend that he should have told Webber sooner about the plan to switch front wings.

He explained his decision was based on driver preference for the part and championship position, with Vettel leading the Australian going into the British round.

Webber, who now leads his team-mate by seven points with nine races left, said further explanation from Horner would help the team going forwards.

"Sebastian received the newer front wing for reasons which were not clearly explained to me until Saturday late afternoon," he added.

"Obviously I can see why a team may at certain points have to favour a driver with more points in the championship, if there are only enough resources to fully support one of us.

"It's now understood that, should we face this unlikely dilemma again, preference will go to the championship points leader."

It is the second time this season that Webber has sat down with his Red Bull team to defuse the fall-out from a race weekend.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner

Horner happy with 'competitive drivers'

Vettel and Webber collided when disputing the lead at the Turkish Grand Prix and the team had immediately backed Vettel, who had been trying to pass Webber.

However, in the aftermath of this latest round of clear-the-air talks Webber, who joined Red Bull in 2007, insists his relationships within the team have not been affected.

"Christian Horner and I have known each other for many years," Webber added.

"We're friends and have a strong mutual respect which continues and extends to other activities, such as our GP3 team and interest in finding and nurturing young racing talent.

"There are more than 500 people at the Red Bull Racing factory and I know that each and every one of them share the highs and lows that Sebastian and I experience during the season.

"The respect within the team extends to the drivers. I know I have a very good driver as a team-mate and I wouldn't want it any other way."

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see also
Webber revels in win over Vettel
11 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
No ill feeling with team - Webber
10 Jun 10 |  Formula 1

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