Webber was running third when Vettel ran into the back of him on lap 46, putting both out.
Vettel later apologised but a furious Webber called him a “kid with no experience”. The normally PR-friendly Australian caused a few red faces at UK broadcaster ITV as well by directing a choice expletive at the German driver.
Webber has had a frustrating season with a string of car failures, the highlight so far being a podium finish in the European Grand Prix.
He might well have given Hamilton a hard time in the final phase of the race as Hamilton’s tyres were many laps older than Webber’s.
It was disappointment for Vettel too who was set for at least a points finish and possible even a podium, and the first points of the season for Toro Rosso.
The Italian team nevertheless scored their first point of the year with Vitantonio Liuzzi finishing eighth. But in another blow for the team that is also under investigation as Liuzzi may have passed Adrian Sutil under yellow flags.
Update: Vettel has been punished by the stewards for causing the collision with Webber. He will be relegated ten places on the grid at Shanghai next week.
Photo: GEPA / Mathias Kniepeiss
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