Mark Webber has hit out at Red Bull – stating that he would not have signed a contract extension had he known how he would have been treated by the team in Silverstone.
The Australian’s remarks follow his victory in today’s British Grand Prix and surround Red Bull’s decision to remove a newly-designed front wing from his car and give it to Sebastian Vettel.
Although team principal Christian Horner argued that the decision had been made on account of Vettel’s position in the championship, his comments did not stop a barrage of criticism from media and fans alike – who stated that the move was a clear sign of favouritism.
Webber, himself, was also clearly angry about the decision and continued to make his feelings known after he crossed the line in today’s Grand Prix, stating via the radio: “Not bad for a number two driver”.
As a result, the Australian hopes that the events will be merely a one-off, and hopes to speak to Red Bull’s management this week.
“Yesterday was really a unique situation, and it was the first time we had one bit. I would never have signed a contract for next year if I believed that was the way going forward,” Autosport quotes Webber as saying after the race.
“I was disappointed. We will see how it goes in the future, I will keep doing what I am doing and I hope it is enough.”
“I have had a few hurdles in my career, sometimes privately as well, so I think you can judge a person’s character by how they come back from adversity. Some drivers have that, I’ve had a bit more than others.
“It can work but obviously it is not how long is a piece of string – you have to make sure it is not constantly happening because it can test you too much but if the balance is right it can put some fuel on the fire.”