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Webber: Helping Vettel not 'part of plan'

Mark Webber: I cleared Seb by quite a lot. If I'd wanted to slide him in among other people, I could have slowed down and it would have been even better for the team.

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber has dismissed speculation that he was trying to back the pack up in Monaco to help his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel.

Red Bull potentially had the chance to bring Vettel into play as he opted for a different strategy, starting on the harder of the tyres and not stopping for fresh rubber until around lap 46, while the other front runners all pitted earlier.

Webber, who went on to win the flagship event last weekend, with Vettel finishing fourth, just 1.3 seconds back, added though that if you try and do something 'fancy' like that you can get 'bitten on the bum'.

“I heard afterwards people had been speculating that I was 'backing up' Nico [Rosberg], Fernando [Alonso] and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who was also behind me, to help my team-mate Sebastian Vettel gain places,” Webber wrote in his latest column for BBC Sport.

“That is absolute rubbish. You just cannot be that fancy around Monaco.

“Ultimately, Seb ran out of tyres and he had to pit because the rest of us started to go quicker, but if they'd kept going he would have been pushing for the win.

“If we had been trying anything on, I could have been even cuter. I cleared Seb by quite a lot. If I'd wanted to slide him in among other people, I could have slowed down and it would have been even better for the team. But it just wasn't part of the plan.

“The problem with trying to do that would be that you're exposing yourself to even more pressure from the guys behind - Nico and Fernando in this case. And then the boys in the pits might mess up Seb's stop and it would all be for nothing.

“You always get bitten on the bum when you get fancy. So you just don't try,” the Aussie concluded.



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27.05.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
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