F1 » 'Raw' Webber considering quitting?


Mark Webber: I think it's very early days right now, it's very raw, obviously, and we need to work out how the team goes best forwards from here

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whitew - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 9:07 PM

How can a team ask the reigning world champion to hold station.......... Webber will not be near the top of the championship at the end of the season when points mean prizes.

Seb did what real racers would do.... race...... unlike Rosberg who is now Lewis's bitch.

Angelina - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 9:11 PM

@tomcol
Thanks for being fair. The answer to ur question is RBR don't want another turkey 2010 when they attempted to do the reverse. Hence the order to hold station.

John - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 9:12 PM

It was a bizarre request from Horner, especially with 15 laps still to be run.

Why not just tell the drivers that they have to hold their relative starting positions and never, ever, overtake one another? That would make as much sense as team orders in this situation.

Mercedes team orders make sense, as they want their No 1 driver to get the most points. What were RB thinking?

Simo - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 9:15 PM

I think people are confusing team orders where the team tells someone to let their team mate overtake with the team playing out the long term strategies around engine management.

Quite simply put there are 8 engines per car, once you've won a race (which RBR had easily done as Mercedes had backed right off the chase) you spend the rest of the race conserving your engine and making sure nothing bad can happen to you in 3 races time.

What benefit does it give to RBR as a team to burn out two of their engines? If you want to see stuff like this go away we need 1 engine per race or at the very least an increase to the upper limit.

We may also need tyres that last more than 14 laps, although I think the tyres have spiced things up quite a bit.

John - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 9:20 PM

"What benefit does it give to RBR as a team to burn out two of their engines?"

What benefit does it give to RBR as a team to take points away from their stronger driver, the only one with a shot at the WDC?

Michael D - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 9:24 PM

Honestly, Mark Webber is too much of a “woman” for my taste. He will never win the championship because he isn't fast enough and because he isn't consistent enough. Vettel just gave him a lesson today and I salute that. Bye bye Webber, you just weren't good enough!

Simo - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 9:27 PM

It's a new season John and what you've spoken about is the type of team orders that I referred to at the start of my post. It's probably also a bit early to be making calls about taking points away from "faster" drivers.

Webber was faster all race right until the point the team went "ok boys job done lets save those engines and bring the cars home safe".

b1gmac

March 24, 2013 9:33 PM

simo makes interesting points. engine preservation. ridiculous tyre degradation. if those two had raced to the finish they would have maybe had two or three laps max to try and overtake and run away from the other (drs) before the degradation of the tyres had made complete fools of both, leaving hamilton with the win. only if he (hamilton) had stuck to the plan though, which was to tone it down and bring it home without unnecessary risks. vettel was scared out of his mind with the idea that webber would win and lead him in the points. he must have felt like he had no choice but to flagrantly violate the trust of his team and probably his contractual agreement with redbull. i love the drama. i hate the new tyres.

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