Monday, 11 July 2011

Webber: I wasn't Happy, You Should Never Give Up

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Mark Webber has explained why he continued to push his team mate even with four radio messages by the team telling him not to. Speaking on his official site Webber states "The team radioed me about four times, asking that I maintain the gap to Seb, But I wasn’t happy with that because you should never give up in F1, so I continued to push."

"If Fernando had retired on the last lap, we would have been battling for the lead. The team was worried about Seb and me crashing because it wanted the points for the constructor's championship. I understand that, but I wanted points for the championship too and we proved that we can race without making contact."

After qualifying on pole Webber had a bad start compared to his team mate allowing Vettel through with Webber unable to challenge the World Champion again until the closing laps. Webber: "The right side of the grid had more grip, so Seb got the jump into Turn 1."

"But the race wasn’t lost at the first corner: I made a mistake at Becketts on my in-lap before changing to slick tyres and that allowed Fernando to gain a bit of time on me; the pitstops weren’t as smooth as at previous races and my front left tyre was finished by the end of each stint."

Red Bull have not come out of this race looking good from a fans point of view, all over the sake of 3 points. You only have to go back to last years Brazilian Grand Prix. Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz when questioned on the team orders subject explained his vision of why he wanted his drivers to be allowed to race each other right to the end without the team meddling.

Mateschitz: "Let the two drivers race and what will be will be, If Alonso wins we will have been unlucky. I predict a Hollywood ending. Worst case scenario we don’t become champion? We’ll do it next year. But our philosophy stays the same because this is sport and it must remain sport. We don’t manipulate things like Ferrari do." Red Bull got their Hollywood ending with Vettel becoming Champion.

Christian Horner talking about why Webber wasn't listening to the team orders states "I’m surprised at what he (Webber) did, so it’s something he and I will talk about in private, At the end of the day, the team is the biggest thing."

"No individual is bigger than the team. I can understand Mark’s frustration in that, but had it been the other way round, it would have been exactly the same. From a team point of view, there was a big haul of points on the table and it made absolutely no sense to risk seeing both cars in the fence and coming back on a tow truck.”

Great weekend from Webber, hope he keeps it up now that he finally seems to have gotten used to the Pirellis.

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