It is still far from forgiven-and-forgotten and all sweetness-and-light at Red Bull Racing in the aftermath of last weekend's contentious British Grand Prix, it seems, with Christian Horner hitting out at Mark Webber for having selfishly and 'absolutely unnecessarily risked a crash'.
After Webber homed right in on the back of second-placed Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel with barely a handful of laps left to run at Silverstone on Sunday, the feisty Australian was instructed by his team over the pit-to-car radio to hold station – an order that he ignored 'probably four or five' times [see separate story – click here
], proceeding to attack the current runaway F1 2011 World Championship leader for the runner-up spoils.
Team principal Horner has repeatedly stressed that the cautious tactic was adopted 'since we would have looked pretty stupid if they'd both ended up in the fence' given that his responsibility 'is to ensure that the team optimises its results' [see separate story – click here
] – and he has angrily criticised Webber's disobedience.
“He risked the second place of Sebastian, his third place and 33 points for the team,” the Englishman told German newspaper Bild
. “I understand that he's racing, but he also absolutely unnecessarily risked a crash. If all 500 people in the team thought only of themselves, we could never achieve our goals.”
Horner promised to hold discussions with Webber in private to clear the air – not the first time such talks have had to be conducted behind closed doors at Red Bull – and when asked about whether Webber's actions had similarly 'risked' his chances of retaining his seat at the Milton Keynes-based squad next year, he was evasive, conceding only that 'we will meet in late August and take a decision together'. Prior to the Silverstone weekend, the six-time grand prix-winner had looked to be edging increasingly closer to a contract renewal.
Horner reiterated that any team-mate to Vettel 'must bring harmony to the team', and concluded: “We don't have a driver problem; everyone in the pit-lane is already beating on our door, and we have time...”