Webber: I said too much publicly

Mark Webber has admitted that he went too far in making his views public as the Red Bull front-wing controversy blew up over the British Grand Prix weekend

Webber: I said too much publicly

The Australian was left fuming after Red Bull removed an upgraded front wing from his car and placed it on his team-mate Sebastian Vettel's RB6 prior to qualifying. Webber told the press afterwards that he would never have re-signed for the team had he knew this would happen.

Then after winning at Silverstone, he said on the radio: "Not bad for a number two driver".

The public rift between Webber and the team's management led to a round of clear-the-air talks between himself, team principal Christian Horner and Vettel. And now Webber, speaking to the Daily Mail, said that at the time, he was angry and disappointed.

"It's a fair admission that I put too much out to the world," he told the newspaper. "I would have liked it not to have got out. But it did.

"I wear my heart on my sleeve and I try to be honest to myself and everyone, and I'm being honest with you.

"I don't want any favouritism; just a fair deal. You need to make sure you don't have any headwinds. You can't afford anything that makes it a little bit harder for you," he added.

"On Saturday I was obviously a bit hot under the collar with what was going on. It was a unique situation because it was the first time we had just one component. It was a tricky decision to make. I was pretty disappointed by it.

"But the upshot is that it will go the other way in the future - it just will, even if that's hard for people to believe. He was given the wing because he was higher in the championship than me. Now I am higher, so you can follow the logic."

The Australian added that he fully respected Red Bull as a team and has no qualms moving forward: "There is respect both ways. That's why I will be staying with Red Bull next season. I am part of a sensational team.

"We've got two of us at the front. It's a sensational problem to have. I could be at the stage of my career when I say, 'It's fine, mate, I don't really care,' but unfortunately - or fortunately - I can't do that."

Webber also said that while there was no bad blood between himself and Vettel over the matter, he accepted that the level of competition between them, as they fight for a title, could lead to further friction in the races to come.

"Who knows, in the next few months, if we're both still racing at the front, things could become more tense between us," he said.

"Seb did nothing wrong all weekend. After the race, he shook my hand. The first rule in motorsport is to try to avoid contact with your team-mate. After the race, I spent 20 minutes with Seb's mechanics.

"The stories that the teams on the two sides of the garage aren't getting on is total rubbish. You don't need to have enemies in life. I just want a fair crack."

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