Mark Webber’s manager has refused to back the Australian’s stance against Red Bull’s imposition of team orders at Silverstone last weekend.
Britain’s Sun newspaper says Australian Webber, 34, “put his job at risk” by openly ignoring boss Christian Horner’s instruction to end his challenge on teammate Sebastian Vettel towards the end of the British grand prix.
“I wasn’t happy with that (order) because you should never give up in F1,” Webber said on Monday.
Although the winner of six grands prix effectively handles his own career with his partner Ann, former Renault boss Flavio Briatore is still involved as a manager.
He told Italy’s Sky Sport 24 that he thinks Red Bull was justified in asking Webber to hold station.
“Welcome to F1,” Briatore is quoted as saying. “I would have done the same.
“If you’re playing for a world championship, you have to take decisions and drivers need to understand that it’s not your car and it’s a team of hundreds of people. They (drivers) need to respect that,” he added.
Briatore’s other charge, Fernando Alonso, won the British grand prix but the flamboyant Italian does not believe Ferrari can chase down Vettel.
“He (Alonso) might be second or third in the end, but he has no chance of winning because the championship is over already.”