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Webber fumes at team orders

Revealing that he had ignored 'probably four or five' messages from the team, Webber insisted that he every reason to be allowed to pass his team-mate, even if the move carried a degree of risk.

"I just want to race to the end but, with four or five laps to [go], they started to chat to me about holding my position," he repeated, shrugging off suggestions that he was again feeling like 'a number two driver', "Of course, they want the points, but I also need to try and get some more points as well."

Despite claims to the contrary, Webber was not asked whether the issue would make him reconsider his position at Red Bull, something that has already come under some scrutiny as his contract runs out at the end of the year. Prior to the race, the Australian insisted that he was wanted by the team, but that the final decision was his. Ironically, he has been linked to a move to Ferrari, where he would almost certainly play second fiddle to racewinner Alonso unless he can prove a worthy opponent for the Spaniard.

Webber was among the few drivers to support the Scuderia's controversial decision to order Felipe Massa to move over for Alonso in last season's German Grand Prix - a decision that ultimately assisted the Spaniard's late championship challenge - but insists that that situation was very different to his at Silverstone.

"I stick by what I said last year," he insisted, "Obviously, they had one guy trying to stay in the championship fight – Fernando. Felipe was not having the season that he's having this year. Fernando was much, much quicker, it was in the middle of a grand prix and [Massa] released him. This is pretty straightforward stuff."




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DontTalkShite

July 11, 2011 7:07 AM

I wouldn't be fine with it either. Especially if your team principal espoused at the start of the season that there would be no team orders at RedBull, and each driver shall be treated equally. These guys are paid to race, so let them race. Maybe Horner was worried that Seb would take Mark out if he passed.:)



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