F1 » Webber admits tyres may have caused pace confusion

Mark Webber concedes that Red Bull's struggles with tyre wear may have contributed to the 'team orders' row in Malaysia.

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Gjay - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 12:30 PM

This little incident made for some very exciting racing, and it is being talked about in circles that aren't usually talking about f1. No matter how the confusion contributed to the team melding together, or lack there of, the fans got to see an exciting end to what would have been a rather mundane race finish.

It was absolutely thrilling to see Web and Seb duke it out, until eventually Web let off (or incorrect gearing?) in turn 4.

whizzo - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 1:28 PM

Mark why you did not say all this yesterday instead of making ppl think vetel was disobeying orders. Anothing you are on the safty commity mark you know these tyres are not up to standard why don,t you,ll break the F I A orders and say youll are not driving on those tyres or you,ll going to wait till someone died then to open you,ll mouth ,boy i surely miss senna and prost

Yak - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 2:23 PM

The quote from MW was in the post-race conference, and this article is basically making something out of nothing. Someone asked (well, it wasn't really a question) about how Webber felt confidence-wise having just put in a solid and consistent race with the new tyres, and he basically gave a brief rant about how the drivers can't push on the new tyres. It's in no way an admission that the tyres caused any confusion with the team's orders.

martin - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 2:59 PM

oh please red bull stop with the cover ups. We all know what happened so stop hiding all the internal chaos, fully own up to it, and just sort it out.

Jon - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 3:45 PM

Mark....there was a point in time when Formula 1 was like nadal and federer....except it was one man...MSC. Let's not forget how bloody boring it was to know throughout the whole weekend who was going to win. Tyre degradation is the reason why Formula 1 is now exciting.

Keith - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 3:45 PM

The old adage still holds true. You only drive as fast as necessary to win, or words to that effect. The great racing drivers of the past didn't race to the flag for the sake of it.

FreeJack - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 5:41 PM

Webber is being extremely diplomatic. People who say he isn't a team player are full of it...he could easily be blowing up in the press and fuming about the internal politics on his team...but he isn't. He has taken this as another opportunity to criticize the tires. Rosberg and Hamilton had the exact same issue (they just handled it better), Hamilton was maintaining a pace that would preserve his tires and fuel...Rosberg really wanted to overtake (as a racer would) but he was told to hold station, as Hamilton's pace was not because he was slow...but because he'd been told to do so. He COULD have gone faster, but he wasn't. That's exactly the position Webber was in...he was told to turn down the engine and get to the finish line to preserve their finish, he did so. Vettel did not and he ignored the radio communications not to fight for the lead.

Anyone who thinks Vettel didn't know what he was doing has blinders on to the world. EVERY race, he's told not to go flat out to try and get

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