Webber wins but team tensions hit new high (Red Bull race review)

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2010

Red Bull began the weekend trying to put psychological pressure on McLaren’s drivers, saying the friendly relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button is purely for show.

Maybe it is, but there’s no hiding the growing animosity within the Red Bull camp as the team again found themselves accused of favouring Sebastian Vettel over Mark Webber.

Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber
Qualifying position 1 2
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’29.615 (-0.143) 1’29.758
Race position 7 1
Average race lap 1’38.364 (+0.706) 1’37.658
Laps 52/52 52/52
Pit stops 1 1

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Sebastian Vettel

The controversy over Vettel being given a new front wing that had been taken off Webber’s car has been covered extensively in earlier articles.

And although the wound which destroyed Vettel’s race was inflicted not by Webber, but by the front wing of Lewis Hamilton’s car, it came as Vettel was straining to stay alongside his team mate who had out-accelerated him into the first corner.

A slow return to the pits for a new tyre condemned Vettel to finishing outside the points. His race was saved by the safety car, which cut his 83-second deficit to the leader to just ten.

He picked cars off quickly, including Felipe Massa at Club, then the likes of Jaime Alguersuari, Vitaly Petrov and Nico H?â??lkenberg who were less well-equipped to defend.

It took him ten laps to find a way past Adrian Sutil, finally barging his way down the inside at The Loop on the penultimate lap to salvage six points for seventh place.

Compare Sebastian Vettel’s form against his team mate in 2010

Mark Webber

Vettel squeezed Webber hard as the Australian made the best start but Webber said afterwards it hadn’t been a concern: “[There was] plenty of room, you could drive a bus down the middle.”

From then on his race was quite straightforward. He pulled away from Hamilton seemingly at will, only coming under pressure during the restart.

Despite having carried the day he had more sharp words for his team afterwards, accusingly describing his performance as “not bad for a number two”. Christian Horner replied “You can smile now”.

It’s going to take more than a cheesy PR photo to sort this one out. Despite having a 0.8s margin over their rivals in qualifying, Red Bull only reduced McLaren’s constructors’ championship lead by a single point.

Compare Mark Webber’s form against his team mate in 2010

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149 comments on Webber wins but team tensions hit new high (Red Bull race review)

  1. Eric said on 14th July 2010, 12:33

    how far can a driver push another?

    is there any hard and fast rules about how far over another driver can defend?

    how far in front has the driver got to be before he can revert back to the racing line before its called a foul?

    my heart is in my mouth when i see guys pushing others across the track as the put a pass on another, its get rather scary.

    i realize they can move once in either direction to defend but how far can they go without pushing someone off the track, although i see them push people off the track once they get in front.

    i can see some horrendous crashes coming soon if this is not nipped in the bud shortly.

  2. Glenn said on 15th July 2010, 0:50

    I am still gobsmacked when I think of a new spec wing taken off one car and put on another.
    I think Webber should move to another team.(a good one)
    I think Horner should be sacked.
    Too many first corner incidents, why not have a moving start under a pace car?

  3. drezone said on 15th July 2010, 10:04

    Maybe everyone forgets that Vettel ran up the back of Webber in a wet Fuji race many years ago costing him his frist possible win. Maybe they forget Vettel running into the side of Webber at Turkey and costing him a victory and being blamed by the team when all neutrals in the world knew the answer. Maybe they forget Webber never had a RELIABLE car when he was Vettel’s age and maybe they forget last year Webber had a broken leg and shoulder and still managed to compete all year. Maybe Vettel took that for granted and is now panicking that a driver supposingly on the way out is outqualifying him and outracing him. Maybe Vettel should just wait. He’s still young and can win a championship still if he starts becoming more disciplined and more mature.

  4. Chaz (@chaz) said on 15th July 2010, 15:41

    (14 July 2010, email mail out received courtesy Mark Webber’s site)

    Winning the British Grand Prix was a great thrill for all of us at Red Bull Racing.

    My disappointment on Saturday after qualifying spilled over into Sunday but it was simply due to the fact that I, along with every other driver on the grid, wanted the best possible chance of success.

    Sebastian received the newer front wing for reasons which were not clearly explained to me until Saturday late afternoon. Obviously I can see why a team may at certain points have to favour a driver with more points in the championship, if there are only enough resources to fully support one of us.

    We’ve already debriefed the race weekend at the factory and have cleared the air. It’s now understood that, should we face this unlikely dilemma again, preference will go to the championship points leader.

    Of course things get said in the heat of the moment which, with hindsight goggles on, probably shouldn’t have been said. Formula One is a highly charged and fiercely competitive arena where emotions and adrenalin do run high from time to time like in many sports and my comment on the radio after the race was an example of Australian sarcasm – either at its best or worst depending on how you choose to take it. But rest assured, under the helmet I was massively rapped about winning one of the most prestigious events on the F1 calendar and Red Bull Racing’s local race. It’s a home race of sorts for me; I only live 40 mins down the road and the UK and Buckinghamshire in particular has been home to me for the past 15 years so Silverstone and the British GP are both very special to me.

    Christian Horner and I have known each other for many years; we’re friends and have a strong mutual respect which continues and extends to other activities, such as our GP3 team and interest in finding and nurturing young racing talent.

    The team has produced an awesome car and has come a long way in a short space of time. There are more than 500 people at the Red Bull Racing factory at Milton Keynes and I know that each and every one of them share the highs and lows that Sebastian and I experience during the season. The support we both enjoy is phenomenal and on Sunday evening many of them joined us at Christian’s annual post-race party and celebrated our win in style.

    The respect within the team extends to the drivers. I know I have a very good driver as a team-mate and I wouldn’t want it any other way. We share information freely in team meetings and contribute to the development and improvement of our cars. Seb and I are not enemies, we’re just two drivers that are pushing hard and want to do the best for ourselves and the team, it’s as simple as that.

    The British Grand Prix was a wonderful result for myself and the team; however time moves fast and looking in the mirror for too long doesn’t prepare us for Germany. We’ve moved on.

    • Julie said on 15th July 2010, 17:04

      As a Red Bull (mainly Vettel)fan I am going to believe every word of this (optimistic – maybe,naiive – probably), but I am going to start lokking forward to Hockenheim, and stop dwelling on what might have been.

  5. mclarenfangirl (@mclarenfangirl) said on 16th July 2010, 17:20

    IMHO fair play to Mark Webber. It’s racing and there should not be team orders. Drivers need to race on their own merit and be treated equally. I’m a McLaren fan, but I was glad to see him get the win after the events of the last few weeks. Cracking race.

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