Vettel Blames Webber for Going Public Against Red Bull
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The consequences were seen last weekend. Webber's first negative reaction towards his teammate was not to put his arm around the German at the photo session after qualifying on Saturday, and later tell his race engineer via radio “Not too bad for a No 2 driver” after winning the British GP on Sunday. In addition, he told the media that his win at Silverstone was much sweeter considering the wing row, and admitted that he would have never signed a one-year extension to his deal had he known he will be treated this way by Red Bull.
When asked about his teammate's comments, Vettel preferred not to point any fingers, although he did hint that Webber has shown his “true face” at Silverstone. Additionally, he insisted Webber should have kept this internal fight within the team.
“The most important thing is the atmosphere within the team. We have a really strong car and the only thing that can stop us is ourselves. I'm brought up to show respect for one another. Such things do not belong in the public, they should be handled internally by the team,” said Vettel, according to Germany's Bild newspaper.
Former Red Bull racer David Coulthard also agreed on this particular topic with Vettel, saying that Webber risked a lot by going public with his grievances. It could turn out in two ways, argued DC: either Webber and his team will experience a rift for the rest of the 2010 season, or he will succeed and be regarded as a great champion.
Mercedes GP's Nick Fry, who had similar experiences with rival teammate drivers last year – between Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button – gave Red Bull a valuable piece of advice.
“Drivers are a vital part of the team but they're not the team and that needs to be clear. As soon as the lunatics start running the asylum you have big problems,” Fry was quoted as saying by The Sun.
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