Tuesday, March 26, 2013

FORMULA ONE: Footage shows Webber's dangerous move

Dramatic new footage has emerged revealing just how serious the feud is between Red Bull teammates Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber after the Australian pulled a shockingly dangerous manoeuvre after Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix had finished.

Red Bull are in turmoil after Vettel ignored their clear instruction not to challenge Webber at the climax of the race, and the German was forced to issue an apology for undermining the order which has left his colleague considering his Formula One future.

The combo picture shows fuming Mark Webber (left) cutting up Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in a dangerous move after Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix had finished.

Former McLaren driver John Watson, a winner of five grands prix, believes Red Bull must take immediate action against their three-time world champion.

"The question is, what are the team going to do to sanction Sebastian Vettel? And the only solution I would find is suspending him for next grand prix," Watson told BBC Radio 4.

"You can't take the points away from him and give them to Mark Webber, a fine would be irrelevant, so the only purposeful way to bring him to book is to say 'you will stand out one race'".

"I know that if other drivers in other teams disobeyed a team order they would be suspended or even fired."

Red Bull cancelled their victory photo in the aftermath of Sunday's controversy while it has been reported that Webber needed to be persuaded to participate in the podium ceremony.

Watson says Red Bull team principal Christian Horner must take action or risk his position being undermined by Vettel.

"If Christian Horner doesn't reassert his authority in the team -- because he has been totally subjugated by Sebastian Vettel yesterday (Sunday) -- then his position in the team is not exactly the role it is designed to be," added Watson.

"The only conclusion I can reach is that Vettel should be suspended for the next grand prix."

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