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GP Week : Issue 90
A VICTORIOUS Mark Webber will meet with his team in the next few days to iron out remaining issues from the weekend's front wing PR disaster. The supposed driver equality at Red Bull Racing took a further nosedive when Sebastian Vettel was controversially given team-mate Webber's new front wing for qualifying and the race. Vettel's version of the wing was damaged during Saturday morning practice and the team then decided to give him Webber's wing. Ultimately the controversy had little bearing on the result, as Webber took a well-deserved win. After qualifying, Horner attempted to justify the decision to swap the wings, saying that it was done based on Vettel being ahead in the championship: "Unfortunately sometimes I have to make a difficult decision -- and with only one wing available and the facts to hand that we had, and based on championship position -- which was the criteria that we used -- that wing went to Sebastian today." Although refusing to comment directly on the controversy following qualifying, Webber's body language during the press conference clearly demonstrated his anger at the decision. He didn't engage with his team- mate and fixed his stare at the journalists throughout. Then, after winning the race on Sunday he quipped "Not bad for a number two" on the team radio which was subsequently aired on the international broadcast. He elaborated on his feelings in the post- race press conference, saying: "Honestly I would never have signed a contract again for next year if I believed that that was the way it was going to be going forward." He added that there would be discussions within the team about the situation, expected to take place in the next few days. Webber is a notoriously strong team player and most of the discussion will, typically, take place behind closed doors -- but on this occasion, with some reason, he has chosen to make a stand over a clear case of preferential treatment. And buoyed by victory, made easy following another refusal to back down until too late by a talented but flawed team-mate, the momentum is with the Aussie. Red Bull team 'advisor' and Vettel fan Helmut Marko will not be enjoying this! Webber set to 'sort' driver status issue Then, after winning the race on Sunday he quipped "Not bad for a number two" 6