F1 » Webber takes consolation in third teams’ title

Mark Webber again suffered the brunt of Red Bull's reliability woes, but was able to celebrate the team's constructors' championship hat-trick after the USGP.

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November 19, 2012 8:49 AM

I can't see Mark getting much of a car for Brazil, RBR have the Constructors so Mark will be disposable in the task to get finger boy "his" championship. I hate saying that as SV IS a real driving talent but his behaviour detracts from his worthiness ...

pc - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 8:54 AM

This guy is either not a very good driver , or his car is being hobbled - poor starts,poor overtaking decisions plus very odd car failures compared to his team mates 'identical' car have all helped to make Vettel look better than he really is.

Of course a cynic would say that is exactly the desired result


November 19, 2012 9:06 AM

"I can't see Mark getting much of a car for Brazil, RBR have the Constructors so Mark will be disposable in the task to get finger boy "his" championship."

Ferrari broke the seal on Massa's gearbox to give Alonso a tactical advantage. If RBR give Vettel the best car so what, there's a WDC at stake.


November 19, 2012 9:25 AM
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While I don't contest Mark's driving skills and F1 experience, I think there are very few other F1 drivers (if any) to whom such a "team consolation" would fit them lesser than him.
Moreover, I wouldn't be taken by surprise if, come the next race day, he will be of no real help for his team once again.I even suspect that another car failure might possibly provoke a hidden satisfaction to one of the 2 RBR's drivers.


November 19, 2012 11:33 AM

pc. alternator failure is random, and no team can decide to give one car or the other, an item from an outside supplier, that would break. dont forget, seb has had two dnfs due to the same problem. was his car being sabotaged?

apart from that, rbr NEED webber to be ahead of alonso. they are hardly likely to try and prevent that, are they?

Chris - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 11:59 AM

No way Alonso would have caught Mark and yes RB would have wanted him to stay third in Austin. Seb doesn't need to finish ahead of Alonso in Brazil, he can even allow Alonso to win and finish third or maybe even fourth and win a 3rd title. This was also Marks first DNF due to mechanical failure in more than a year. I agree RB would never want him to DNF.

FreeJack - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 7:23 PM

Well it ain't that Mark is a bad driver, that's for sure. Alonso said it best..."We saw today Webber retired - sometimes it's the alternator, KERS, brakes or water, it always happens on that car. Maybe in Brazil those problems will change cars."

It was clear something was wrong with his car, after the first ten laps...he was losing ground abnormally quickly. When I heard the radio message that he'd lost KERS, I threw up my hands..."AGAIN?!" Then about two minutes later, he's pulling over.

Makes me glad we weren't able to go out there to the race, in person...that would have been a bitter disappointment.

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