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Fans blame Vettel, Mosley blames Webber

4 June 2010

Although the two men most heavily involved have shaken hands and vowed to put the incident behind them, the fall-out from Sunday's clash between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel continues to rumble on, with opinion still divided on who was to blame.

Webber and Vettel met, along with Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner, technical chief Adrian Newey and consultant Dr Helmut Marko, at team headquarters in Milton Keynes to talk over and move on from the lap 40 crash that ended the German's race and handed a 1-2 to main rival McLaren [see story here], but the question of blame remains a talking point among fans and F1 insiders alike.

Crash.net readers seemingly had little doubt as to who was most culpable for the 150mph shunt, with nearly 87 per cent of respondents to an online poll blaming Vettel for moving over on his Australian team-mate [see result here], but former FIA president Max Mosley, amongst others, continued to hold an opposing view, citing Webber as the cause.

"At the time of the accident, Vettel was clearly faster than Webber," Mosley told German newspaper Die Welt, "At this stage, he had the right and the duty to overtake.

"It can be clearly seen that Vettel had already passed Webber before the collision and, at that time, Webber should have given him more space, especially as they were already on the far left side of the track. He should have respected his responsibility to the team."

Mosley, who presided over the era of team orders that favoured Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, insisted that warning Webber of an impending threat from his team-mate would not have broken any rules. RBR has admitted that the Australian was running at a slower pace than Vettel due to the need to save fuel, and revealed after the Turkish GP weekend that he had asked for Vettel to be told to back off.

"The crucial point speaks for Vettel and against Webber," Mosley continued, "One driver, at that moment, was fast, while the other was slow. Vettel was under pressure from Lewis Hamilton, [but] he was faster than Webber and, in order to shake off the McLaren, he needed to pass the slower car ahead of him. If this situation was revealed to the drivers by radio, it would not be a team order or a manipulation of the drivers' championship, but rather an explanation of a particular situation, necessary information for the drivers."

The Red Bull team, however, ahs dismissed the crash as a racing incident and has vowed to put the whole episode in the past as it focuses on keeping a resurgent McLaren at bay when the championship stops in Montreal next weekend.


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