Mark Webber has revealed that he is seeking clear-the-air talks with team-mate Sebastian Vettel after the controversial collision between the Red Bull pair in Istanbul.
Webber was leading the race from Vettel when the pair clashed on the run to turn twelve as the German attempted to make a move for the lead – putting Vettel out of the race and dropping Webber to third behind McLaren pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
With Red Bull appearing to back Vettel over the incident, rumours have already started to circulate that the Istanbul race could split the team, with BBC
commentator Martin Brundle stating that the team risked a 'civil war' if it didn't resolve the problems caused by the clash [See separate story HERE
Webber has now revealed that he is keen to sit down and discuss the incident with Vettel before the next round of the season in Canada, with the Australian insisting it is vital that the pair sort their differences quickly.
“Seb and I will sit down and have a chat about it because we need to avoid costly slip-ups like this in the future,” he wrote in his column for the Australian Daily Telegraph
. “We'll probably have a difference of opinion about what happened on Sunday until we go to our graves, but we're both adults and we need to find a way of racing together that doesn't compromise the team.
“If we'd been fighting for 18th and 19th position when this accident occurred, no-one would have cared. As it was, we are fighting for the lead and it's all anyone wants to know about.”
Webber again insisted that he didn't feel at fault over what happened in Turkey and said that a third straight win was there for the taking had the incident not occurred.
“There were still 17 laps of the race remaining - and the McLarens were quick - but I'm confident that I would have made it three straight Formula One victories if this incident hadn't occurred,” he said. “Vettel had a bit of a top-speed advantage and I could see him coming down my inside as we approached turn twelve at Istanbul Park.
“We were fighting for the lead, so I stayed tight to ensure he'd be on the dirty side of the track as we approached the braking area. I was holding my line and he came across on me.
“We made contact; it was only a light touch, but when you're travelling at 300km/h that's all you need for a situation to end in tears. The focus now moves to Montreal, which is back on the calendar after a year's sabbatical. I'm sure the car will be competitive and I can't wait to get back on track.”