His victory in the British Grand Prix was in Mark Webber’s words, “an appointment with karma”.
The Australian was earlier incensed with the “favouritism” shown by Red Bull to Webber’s colleague Sebastian Vettel who was given a new front wing taken off Webber’s car.
Team manager Christian Horner wants to do away with any misunderstanding between Webber and him.
Webber who agreed to drive for Red Bull next year, gave his assent on a new contract to that effect, in May. Webber now has second thoughts about the contract after what happened.
Red Bull decided to give Vettel Webber’s wing after Vettel’s own new wing failed, ahead of qualifying on Saturday.
Webber was then beaten to pole position by Vettel. The new wing was estimated to have given him an advantage of about 0.1 seconds a lap.
Red Bull’s decision appeared to indicate that they considered Vettel as their no. 1 driver, though Horner denied it.
Six weeks earlier Webber and Vettel had disputed the lead, resulting in a collision, at the Turkish Grand Prix. Webber was considered by the team management to be responsible for the crash, though Horner later withdrew the statement.
Horner tried to justify his decision by saying that he had been influenced by Vettel’s being ahead in the championship, at the time.
On the back of his win, Webber has catapulted into third place ahead of Vettel. Only the McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are ahead of him.
Webber capitalized on a better start than his teammate. He was aided by Vettel’s puncture resulting at the first corner, after being brushed by Hamilton’s car. Vettel fought back to finish seventh.
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