Sebastian Vettel has played down the moment on Saturday when he waved his hands angrily at teammate Mark Webber.
With Webber staying put at Red Bull next year, German Vettel insisted last week that the pair – despite clashing memorably during their last title battle in 2010 – actually share a healthy mutual respect. But that was before Vettel gesticulated at Webber from his cockpit during qualifying at Hockenheim.
Asked if he was upset with the Australian, Vettel insisted: “Not really, it was just that I got stuck behind Mark at the end of one lap and the beginning of a new lap. So it was not upsetting, it was just a pity to have lost one lap for nothing.”
Vettel said he spoke with his teammate after the incident on Saturday and understands that visibility in the unseasonable German weather was poor.
“He told me that he simply didn’t see me,” Vettel is quoted by F1’s official website. “You can see nothing in the mirror,” he had earlier told reporters in the official FIA post-qualifying press conference.
“I guess he couldn’t see me,” added Vettel. “I don’t think he had intention to hold me up.”