F1 » Horner plays down Webber quit speculation

Red Bull's Christian Horner insists that emotion played its part in Mark Webber's suggestion that he may reconsider his place in F1 following the Malaysian GP.

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Mark _

March 25, 2013 6:21 PM

@nealio - perhaps you should read the interview with Horner in which he calls out Webber for racing Vettel in Brazil when he was asked not to. In Abu Dabi they had to call Webber into the pits to keep him from racing Vettel. Not following team orders is not cheating. Why should Vettel follow team orders when Webber refuses to? If anyone cheated it was Webber for almost forcing Vettel into the pit wall. For some reason Webber gets away with this dodgy driving while Schumacher would get penalties for the same thing. I really don't know why Red Bull even kept such a disloyal driver. They should have parked him after the Silverstone shenanigans a while back.

Pete - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 7:19 PM

Big boy pants refers to growing up and being a man. MW seems to play the innocent everytime something is done against him. Let's not forget this one.....:

This is from a Johnathan Noble article in Autsposrt, after the 2011 British Grand Prix:

The Australian engulfed his Red Bull team in fresh controversy at Silverstone after ignoring repeated instructions to hold position behind Vettel until the end of the race.

However, despite continuing to fight to the end, Webber could do nothing to get himself past Vettel - as the pair came home second and third behind race winner Fernando Alonso.

Writing on his official website, Webber said that he raced on because he did not want to settle for third - and reckons that it is significant he and the world champion did not crash.

"The team radioed me about four times, asking that I maintain the gap to Seb," explained Webber. "But I wasn't happy with that because you should never give up in Formula 1, so I continued to push. If Fernando had re


March 25, 2013 7:46 PM

@Mark, It seems to me that they should keep Webber because he does what Horner tells him to do, just as you said. They need at least one driver who is a team player!
And in both the cases you mentioned Webber never stated that he would not race to win did he? So even if he raced against vettel he didn't lie about it beforehand and say he wouldn't.


March 25, 2013 7:54 PM

@Mark, you stated that in Adu Dabia Horner brought Webber into the pits so he wouldn't race vettel. Why didn't Horner employ the same tactic in Mayalsia? Maybe Red Bull was in on vettel's subterfuge from the start?
Anyway I agree with you that it's not dishonest to disobey team orders. It's only dishonest when you lie and say you will obey those orders and then you don't.

FreeJack - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:37 PM

Webber is upset because he played ball and did what he was told to do by the team, and it bit him in the butt...so now he's asking, "Why should I listen to you, when you tell me to turn down my engines and hold position...when clearly, Vettel doesn't think it's important to?" He lost a race and 7 championship points because he played by the rules and Vettel didn't. So any reasonable driver would be extremely hesitant to accept team orders like that, again...and personally, I don't think Webber should. He should just race to the finish, every time out, for the rest of the season...regardless of what Horner says. He should just listen to his race engineer and that's it.

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