Webber - Not bad for number two
British GP winner anticipates some "pretty direct chats" with Red Bull
Last Updated: 11/07/10 5:50pm
Webber: Direct chats with team
Despite claiming a lights-to-flag victory in Sunday's British Grand Prix, Mark Webber's treatment by the Red Bull team during the weekend still clearly rankles with the Australian if his immediate comments post-race are anything to go by.
"Fantastic. Not bad for a number two driver," were the Australian's pointed words to team boss Christian Horner over the radio, one day after Horner had sanctioned the removal of an updated front wing from Webber's car for team-mate Sebastian Vettel to use during qualifying at Silverstone.
Horner had to fend off allegations of favouritism as a result but Webber, stony-faced and terse after being pipped by Vettel to pole on Saturday, did his talking on the track when it mattered most.
Although he started from the 'dirty' side of the start-finish straight, Webber took the lead from Vettel at the first corner and there he stayed - his afternoon's work made much easier though when the German suffered a puncture just seconds later.
Vettel fell down to last place as a result but fought his way back and, helped in part by a safety car period bunching up the field midway through the race, eventually finished seventh.
Even so, Webber once again crept past his team-mate and into third place in the drivers' standings after recording his third victory of the season.
"Yesterday I wasn't happy, clearly," said Webber with considerable understatement as he faced questions about 'revenge', 'poetic justice' and being a 'number two'.
"I'm sure we'll have some pretty direct chats tomorrow. Today went well for me. That's it, mate.
"Some of the other drivers offered me some front wings from their cars on the parade lap, but I said I'll stick with what I've got," he joked. "Seb didn't," he added.
"Honestly, I would never have signed a contract again for next year if I had believed that's the way it was going to be going forward. That's why yesterday I was disappointed... let's see how it goes in the future."
Vettel, who won the race last year, starred during the closing laps as he passed a number of cars, including the Mercedes of seven-times champion Michael Schumacher, before taking seventh from Force India's Adrian Sutil.
"I had a bad start with lots of wheelspin, so I lost the immediate pull away, probably trying a bit too hard, but that's life," he said.
"I went into turn one and had to let Mark past. People said that Lewis [Hamilton] touched me but I didn't feel anything.
"Mark had a better start. I moved to the right trying to defend but he was already there.
"There was no point to do something stupid, the race is longer than just one corner."
However, Vettel also appeared to drop a hint that his relationship with Webber was deteriorating.
"I focus on myself and so does he, I guess," he said.
"Especially after what has happened in the past, people have different opinions, I have my opinion.
"You get to know people a bit better and, I think, see their true faces.
"I think I learnt my lesson and I'll focus on myself."