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Vettel: I’ll miss Webber rivalry

Sebastian Vettel says he will miss his rivalry with Mark Webber when the latter leaves F1 at the end of the year
Sebastian Vettel insists that he will miss his rivalry with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber when the Australian leaves F1 at the end of the year.

The pair have enjoyed a troubled relationship in recent seasons, which came to a head in Malaysia earlier this year.

Webber was leading the race when Vettel ignored team orders not to attack for top spot, taking position from Webber and going on to secure victory.

While Webber had already suggested that he wouldn't miss Vettel a great deal when he makes the move into sportscars, the German admitted that the would miss the competition between the pair, who have raced together at Red Bull since 2009.

"You can say what you want about our relationship, but in the end we pushed each other very hard,” he told Sportwoche. “I will miss that.

"There has always been two or three corners where Mark has me biting my lip. You try to figure out what he is doing, which keeps you busy enough."

Webber will be replaced by fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo for 2014.




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Chris1976

September 20, 2013 2:49 AM

The only thing Vettel will miss is not being the team favourite any more. I expect DR being on par with SV's pace come the summer break next season and unless Vettel has built up a major points gap by then, it will be funny to watch Vettel crumble when he is not getting the special treatment as he is used to. (they both come through the Red Bull young driver programme right?) Well, at least for the 2015 season, they will both be on equal terms and Vettel will not be able to cope with it, not being favoured and having a more likeable team mate. Oh I can't wait. I picture both of them on the podium, DR getting cheers whilst SV getting boo's every single time. We already saw it a few times this season.

FrozenCandle

September 19, 2013 10:58 AM
Last Edited 309 days ago

I've been a huge Webber fan since 2002, but please, let's be realistic. Mark hasn't really pushed Sebastian since 2010. There is no competition anymore, and for a long time I've thought it's because Mark no longer enjoys Formula 1, and his recent comments confirm that.



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