Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko has said that Mark Webber should have allowed Sebastian Vettel to pass him for the lead in the Turkish Grand Prix.
The duo were running first and second in Istanbul when they collided on lap 40 of the race, with Vettel appearing to run right into his team-mate as they went side-by-side down to turn twelve.
The resultant contact put Vettel out of the race while Webber was forced to pit for a new nose and finished third – handing rivals McLaren a 1-2 finish on a plate.
Marko has now revealed that Webber had radioed back to the team to ask that Vettel be told to back off but that the German had no option but to make a move for the lead as he came under increasing pressure from Lewis Hamilton behind.
“Mark for whatever reason was slower,” he told Speed TV
. “He was getting lap by lap slower, and Vettel was getting faster and was coming under enormous pressure from Hamilton. So if he would have stayed behind Mark, he would have been overtaken. He had to do something. And Mark knew that he was slower, so he should have let him past.”
Red Bull has come under attack for its response to the incident, which included TV cameras catching Vettel being consoled on the pit wall despite many onlookers believing him to be at fault, and Marko did little to quash talk that the German may be the favoured driver in the team by expressing further support for the youngster.
“It's unbelievable how unlucky Vettel is,” he said. “He showed so much speed, and if you have all these incidents it's unbelievable how strong his morale and commitment still is. To make points in this new points system is the most important thing. And now Vettel has two zeroes.”
Marko had earlier replied with a simple 'yes' when asked by the official F1 website if one driver should have given way to the other and said that the team 'thought that we had two responsible drivers who wouldn't get into such a situation in the first place'.
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