The temperature at Red Bull is near boiling at the moment. The RB6 is the fastest machine on the grid and its two very fast pilots have the World Championship firmly in sight; some might say that the resulting friction (litreally!) between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel is “a good problem” to have, but the team is clearly having trouble in dividing attention and favour between the Aussie and his young German teammate.
It seems though that Red Bull is backing Vettel. After initially putting the blame on Webber for that infamous collision in Turkey, the team took the Aussie’s newly designed front wing and handed it to Vettel for qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday. Vettel then took pole ahead of Webber, who was fuming at the decision. Mark then channeled his anger to win the British GP, sarcastically saying “not bad for a number two driver” on the radio to team boss Christian Horner on his victory lap.
Showing that he was still angry, Webber said after the race: “Yesterday was really a unique situation, and it was the first time we had one bit. I would never have signed a contract for next year if I believed that was the way going forward. I was disappointed. We will see how it goes in the future, I will keep doing what I am doing and I hope it is enough.
“I don’t think it should happen, honestly. I wasn’t massively in favour of the decision but that is the way it goes sometimes. Some of the drivers offered me front wings on the parade lap from their cars but I said stick with what I’ve got. Seb didn’t!” he added.
Horner did not regret the decision however. “We are pushing as hard as we can to produce the fastest cars that we can. Sometimes decisions have to be made. We found ourselves in a situation we didn’t want to be in with one wing, that we wanted to run – and whichever side of the garage it was going to go to, one side was going to be unhappy,” he said, adding that should there be a repeat of such a situation, it would favour its leading driver in the championship.
After yesterday’s win, Webber is third in the standings with 128 points, 7 ahead of Vettel.