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GP Week : Issue 179
Webber arrives home to dwell on Sepang fiasco Mark Webber has flown into Australia and headed for his Sunshine Coast home to get away from the circus surrounding Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The F1 world erupted after the finish of the race when the Australian expressed his dismay at being passed by team-mate Sebastian Vettel, after the Red Bull team had indicated to both drivers that with tyre (and engine) preservation in mind, the team would ‘wind-down’ and finish in the order in which they were running. While Webber eased back, Vettel did not, closing in on, and after a couple of hairy moments, ultimately passing the leader. “Multi-21, Seb, Multi-21” a visibly angry Webber reminded his young team-mate as they met in the drivers’ ‘green room’, prior to the podium presentation. ‘Multi-21’ is clearly Red Bull code for a team finish ... in car order 2 and 1 ... Initially, Vettel avoided the subject during the podium interviews, but answering Martin Brundle’s direct question, Webber left no doubt. He’d been shafted. Team primcipal Christian Horner optimistically suggested that the team would discuss the issue, then move on, before later strongly agreeing that Vettel had done the wrong thing. Interestingly, he and Webber may now find themselves on a collision path with Helmut Marko, Vettel’s mentor and Red Bull’s ‘representative’ within the team. While a number of team decisions, past and more recent, have seemed to veer in Vettel’s favour, this controversy is all of the young triple champion’s own doing. Is he that confident that a blatant disobeying of team orders will be ‘sorted’ by Dr Marko? As Webber himself commented, “Seb made his own decisions today and will have protection and that’s the way it goes ...” The F1 world will be fascinated to see if Webber is right. F1 >>> NEWS 6 GPWEEK.com // 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: