Webber draws line under front wing row
|By Jonathan Noble||Thursday, July 15th 2010, 06:55 GMT|
Mark Webber says he and Red Bull Racing have now cleared the air over the British Grand Prix wing row, following sit down talks at the Milton Keynes factory on Wednesday.
The Australian was furious at Silverstone that the team had removed a new wing design from his car and put it on team-mate Sebastian Vettel's shortly before qualifying.
He claimed after the race that he would never have re-signed a deal with the team for 2010 if he knew that was how he was going to get treated.
However, with the emotions of the weekend having now cooled a little, Webber is much calmer about the situation after finally meeting with team principal Christian Horner to discuss the matter.
In a statement that was issued on his own website on Wednesday night, Webber said all the issues of the weekend had been discussed and that there no lasting tension going forward.
"My disappointment on Saturday after qualifying spilled over into Sunday but it was simply due to the fact that I, along with every other driver on the grid, wanted the best possible chance of success," wrote Webber.
"Sebastian received the newer front wing for reasons which were not clearly explained to me until Saturday late afternoon. Obviously I can see why a team may at certain points have to favour a driver with more points in the championship, if there are only enough resources to fully support one of us.
"We've already debriefed the race weekend at the factory and have cleared the air. It's now understood that, should we face this unlikely dilemma again, preference will go to the championship points leader."
Webber also conceded that his 'not bad for a number two' comment made on the radio straight after the race was probably not the best thing to have said.
"Of course things get said in the heat of the moment which, with hindsight goggles on, probably shouldn't have been said. Formula 1 is a highly charged and fiercely competitive arena where emotions and adrenalin do run high from time to time like in many sports and my comment on the radio after the race was an example of Australian sarcasm - either at its best or worst depending on how you choose to take it.
"But rest assured, under the helmet I was massively rapped about winning one of the most prestigious events on the F1 calendar and Red Bull Racing's local race. It's a home race of sorts for me; I only live 40 minutes down the road and the UK and Buckinghamshire in particular has been home to me for the past 15 years so Silverstone and the British GP are both very special to me."
Webber also made it clear that his working relationships with both Horner and Vettel had not been soured by the events of the Silverstone weekend.
"Christian Horner and I have known each other for many years; we're friends and have a strong mutual respect which continues and extends to other activities, such as our GP3 team and interest in finding and nurturing young racing talent," he said.
"The team has produced an awesome car and has come a long way in a short space of time. There are more than 500 people at the Red Bull Racing factory at Milton Keynes and I know that each and every one of them share the highs and lows that Sebastian and I experience during the season.
"The support we both enjoy is phenomenal and on Sunday evening many of them joined us at Christian's annual post-race party and celebrated our win in style."
He added: "The respect within the team extends to the drivers. I know I have a very good driver as a team-mate and I wouldn't want it any other way. We share information freely in team meetings and contribute to the development and improvement of our cars.
"Seb and I are not enemies, we're just two drivers that are pushing hard and want to do the best for ourselves and the team, it's as simple as that.
"The British Grand Prix was a wonderful result for myself and the team; however time moves fast and looking in the mirror for too long doesn't prepare us for Germany. We've moved on."