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Webber: I wanted the points as much as Red Bull

Mark Webber again speaks out about the team orders argument at the British Grand Prix and says his decision to ignore radio calls shows he can race on track with team-mate Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber has once again spoken out over his decision to ignore team orders in the closing stages of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone by insisting that he wanted to score points just as much as his Red Bull bosses.

Webber was running third behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages of the race when the call came over the radio to hold position, although the Australian ignored the call to continue pushing the defending champion to the chequered flag.

Writing in his column for the Herald Sun, Webber said a desire to score the best result possible was the reason why he continued to fight Vettel for position with the battle between the pair showing they could race on track without a repeat of what happened in Turkey last year.

“The last stint was probably my best of the race and I was able to pass Lewis (Hamilton) pretty easily for third place,” he wrote. “That gave the team a double podium and extended our lead in the constructors' championship to 110 points.

“Seb and I had a good battle late on. The team put in a few calls asking me to maintain the gap, but I kept pushing because you can never give up in F1. If Fernando had retired on the last lap, we would have been fighting for the lead. Obviously the team wanted the points for the world championship – and they got them – but so did I.

“The team was worried about Seb and me crashing into each other and we proved that we can race without doing that. I don't want to crash into anyone, be it my teammate or my compatriot Daniel Ricciardo, who, incidentally, finished his first grand prix in the Hispania, which is great for him.”

Webber added that there were a number of reasons why he had been unable to challenge for victory from pole position, although he admitted that Ferrari's Fernando Alonso had been a deserving winner.

“You get what you deserve in motor racing and Fernando Alonso was the deserved winner of Sunday's British Grand Prix,” he said. “He drove very well and Ferrari's race pace was strong, as it has been at the last few races Third wasn't exactly a bad result for me, but we didn't get the maximum out of the race on my side of the garage.

“My start from pole position was okay, but the right side of the grid had more grip and Seb (Vettel) got the jump into turn one. I then had a big moment at Becketts on my in-lap, which allowed Fernando to gain a bit of time, and the pitstops weren't quite as sharp as at other races.

“All of these things added up and you have to get everything right if you want to win on Sunday afternoons.”



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Ecoolwat - Unregistered

July 13, 2011 11:47 AM

I expect a deal with Ferrari in the next few weeks. Mark knows the Red Bull team better than anyone on the grid, he is good mates with Fernando (with a great deal of respect for one another), both are managed by Flavio (who has stated publicly Mark gets a raw deal at RBR or I like to call them Bull**** Racing), couldn't think of a more deserving contract to a driver like Mark Webber than to finish at Maranello. Ferrari tapping into Red Bull via Webber sounds like money well spent.

blzbub

July 13, 2011 12:28 PM

Webber got 'himself' an advantage over vettel in qualifying, he lost the advantage within the first few seconds of the race, not through team orders but through a strange innability to get the car off the starting line, which is usually hilighted when he is at the front



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