Webber made his Mark in F1 but 2010 title loss to Vettel still hurts

21 November, 2013

Mark Webber with Sebastian Vettel and Christian Horner in 2010

Mark Webber with Sebastian Vettel and Christian Horner in 2010

Mark Webber is not ready to spill the beans on the intriguing story of his “f*cking intense” title battle with Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in 2010, but has admitted the title loss still hurts.

But as the Australian’s long Formula 1 career draws to a close this weekend in Brazil, Webber has hinted that there was much more than meets the eye to 2010, during which he famously retorted “Not bad for a number 2 driver” after winning the British Grand Prix.

“Only those closest to me know what went into it,” Webber, 37, told the Telegraph.

Asked if the truth will eventually come out, he insisted: “Not from me. Looking back I’m pretty proud of myself, the way it was kicking off and how I handled myself.”

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber had some famous fall outs

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber had some famous fall outs

Silverstone was the epicentre of the fraught campaign, when a newer specification front wing was taken off Webber’s car and put on eventual champion Vettel’s.

But there was also the collision in Turkey, while Telegraph correspondent Tom Cary suggested that Webber’s once-close relationship with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner never fully recovered after the goings-on of 2010.

“To manage the whole scenario hasn’t been super easy for the team,” Webber conceded. ”We were in uncharted waters in 2010: F*ck, we’re going for our first title. Holy sh*t, how do we do it? Let them both go at it maybe? Oh no, maybe not…”

Webber’s relationship with Vettel only nosedived further in recent years, culminating in the notorious ‘Multi-21′ affair of early 2013 and eventually the veteran Australian’s decision to retire and move to the Le Mans racing series.

The 2013 Malaysian GP was the lowest point of the Red Bull partnership between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

The 2013 Malaysian GP was the lowest point of the Red Bull partnership between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

Referring to ‘Multi-21′ and the loss of the Malaysian Grand Prix victory this year, Webber said: “There are blinkers and there are blinkers.”

“I saw Michael Schumacher’s blinkers, too, and I don’t think Seb’s are as bad as that. I think in time, a stiff glass of red wine one day down the line, it will probably be ok with us. But it’s hard at the moment,” he admitted.

Some of Webber’s closest paddock allies will wear t-shirts bearing the words ‘Made My Mark’ to bid farewell the popular driver into Formula 1 retirement in Brazil.

During their tenure together in the team since 2009, Webber scored nine grand prix victories while Vettel has racked up 37 wins. (GMM)

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  • Kimi4WDC

    I hope Korea 2010 wont haunt Webber for long, he gave that Title away himself :(

  • captain tortuga

    “Only those closest to me know what went into it,” Webber, 37, told the Telegraph.

    Asked if the truth will eventually come out, he insisted: “Not from me. Looking back I’m pretty proud of myself, the way it was kicking off and how I handled myself.”

    This is an odd comment..

  • Red Bull Cheats.

    Webber was never in the same class as Vettel. When he had his chance when Vettel was new to the team, he cracked. He has never been able to take the pressure.

  • ZombieF1

    Replacing the oilseal on Massa’s gearbox is worse than the events between webber-vettel-horner.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    Nice that some fu€#er is posting using my name, again. Whomever you are, grow some balls and put your own name there or fu€# off!

    I mean it. What loser posts with someone else’s name on an anonymous forum. Just choose D!€k Head as your name ok!

  • Red Bull Cheats.

    So someone wants to take my name? At least I do not use foul language. Shows up your mentality. Why do you not use one of your many names?

  • bobw

    O’Ferrari – How do you figure Vettel was clearly at fault in Turkey? The video has been out there. Go have a look at how Vettel had a wheel on Webber before the turn and Webber refused to give him track.

  • Ukwhite

    O’Ferrari: Honest mate, do you find any negative issues to your favourite driver? Are Turkey and Multi 21 real reasons to bash Vettel? My guess, you may be an Alonso fan, why not see if he is cleaner than Vettel…. Doubt.

    Shift of power? That came by itself. It is called results. Vettel joined RB after beat them in Toro Rosso. Webber, Coulthard, RB, Newey were kind of the bottom of the field. Once on board, Vettel scored more points, he missed being a champion in his 1st year due to 3xDNF versus Button one. 11 points separated 1st from second. Then the rest is history, 4 championships and counting. You don’t get 1st place begging, you need results, you need to make an impression, you need to be born as leader. That is Vettel.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    Red Bull Cheats. You don’t see the stupidity in your posts. I don’t have the DOT at the end of my name. So it is obvious when you try to be me. Any fool can see that You are a liar and a fraud. So why don’t you suck my d!€k you dead s#!t.

  • AlsoRan

    Don’t let the door slam on your ass.

  • Red Bull Cheats.

    # Fake Red Bull Cheats. So you missed my dot when stealing my name? FFS grow up and use your own name.

  • iceman 2.0

    Vettle will redeem himself once he goes to another team and wins a championship there. Until then he will ironically be an “unsung hero”. But while still at Bulls he needs to look out for Kevin in 2014 and 2015. He is the next big thing in F1 if we are to believe Mcleren camp.

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