Webber: Weve moved on from Silverstone controversy 15 Jul 2010
Red Bulls Mark Webber has drawn a line under the front-wing controversy which flared up during last weekends British Grand Prix.
Webber was left frustrated when his team opted to remove the upgraded front wing from his RB6 and hand it over to his team mate Sebastian Vettel ahead of qualifying at Silverstone. Vettels own version of the new wing had been damaged during final practice. But after a mid-week debrief at the teams Milton Keynes factory, the Australian is confident they have now cleared the air.
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, Webber explained on his official website. 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. Weve already debriefed the race weekend at the factory and have cleared the air. Its now understood that, should we face this unlikely dilemma again, preference will go to the championship points leader.
Webber, who went on to win the race, also made it clear the controversy hadnt marred his relationships with either team principal Christian Horner or team mate Vettel, and insisted the squad are now fully focused on the forthcoming German Grand Prix.
Christian Horner and I have known each other for many years; were 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 explained. "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 Christians annual post-race party and celebrated our win in style.
I know I have a very good driver as a team mate and I wouldnt 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, were just two drivers that are pushing hard and want to do the best for ourselves and the team, its 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 doesnt prepare us for Germany. Weve moved on."