Bucking the general trend amongst paddock observers, ex-F1 star Gerhard Berger has pointed the finger of blame firmly at Mark Webber for the contentious and costly coming-together between the Red Bull Racing team-mates in the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul just over a week ago.
Following much debate and a degree of criticism that Red Bull's immediate response was to back Sebastian Vettel – widely-regarded as the perpetrator of the incident, and a driver who some suggest is RBR's favourite son, to the detriment of Webber – the Australian and German have since made up and agreed to put the disagreement behind them for the sake of team unity, in public at least.
However, ten-time grand prix-winner Berger – the former co-owner of Red Bull 'junior' outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso – has now waded into the argument by claiming that Webber squeezed Vettel until contact was inevitable, agreeing with Dr. Helmut Marko's initial assessment that the immovable object should have let the irresistible force through.
“That Webber left him (Vettel) only the dirty bit of the track was at first legitimate,” the Austrian is quoted as having said by ESPN
, “but when Vettel was half a car-length ahead, Mark needed to realise that he should give his team-mate some air to breathe.
“Webber could have prevented the accident. Had Vettel been in a McLaren, then Webber could have done what he did. In that case, he must not give way.”