Marko: Webber versus Vettel feud started at Fuji back in 2007
30 October, 2013
Mark Webber’s bad relationship with his teammate Sebastian Vettel dates back six years according to Red Bull’s Helmut Marko, who plays down suggestions that the Australian and Vettel only really fell out after the well-documented ‘Multi 21′ team orders saga in Malaysia earlier this year.
Not so, Austrian Marko told the Swiss newspaper Blick, as “It goes back to Fuji 2007″.
In the Japanese Grand Prix six years ago, Webber was running strongly for Red Bull when Vettel, a rookie racing for Toro Rosso, crashed into him whilst running behind the Safety Car.
A furious Webber famously slammed “kids” who “f#ck it all up”.
“[Vettel] probably cost [Webber] his first victory,” said Marko. “Since then there was trouble.”
After Vettel wrapped up his fourth title in India last weekend, Webber did not appear for the post-race team photo, in which Red Bull also celebrated its fourth consecutive Constructors’ Championship victory.
“Well done to Seb on his championship,” Webber said in a post-race statement after retiring with alternator failure, “and also to all the team; to get a fourth title is amazing.”
Prior to the Malaysian fall out, there was also a headline grabbing collision between the two while tussling for the lead of the 2010 Turkish GP. Many believe that it was also the time where the shift of power within the team went towards Vettel’s side of the garage.
At the time, as has always been his custom, Marko backed Vettel , “Webber was slower and Vettel had immense pressure from Hamilton. Vettel was so much faster, he had to pass. If Webber and he had braked together, then Hamilton would have passed Vettel.”
When team boss Christian Horner sided with Vettel, it was apparent that the German had won the hearts and minds of the team.
Initially, Christian Horner indicated that he was angry at both drivers, but eventually it was Webber who took the blame, “It looks as though he didn’t leave Sebastian enough space. It was very clear [that] [Vettel] was by his side and in front.”
Many point to Webber’s bad luck, and apparently facing the brunt of the Red Bull technical hitches, to the team favouring Vettel over the years of their partnership.
Since they were teammates, starting in 2008, Vettel has won 36 grands prix and claimed four world titles with Webber only managing nine wins and no world titles. (GMM)
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