MARK WEBBER has returned to Australia for the next two weeks to decide on his future with Red Bull Racing and Formula One.
The Aussie driving ace was outspoken and clearly angry about the controversial finish to the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, which saw teammate Sebastian Vettel overtake him in the last 15-laps to snatch the race.
The number two Red Bull driver was furious at Vettel’s move in defiance of a team order. Both drivers had been instructed to turn their engines down to help conserve tyres and protect the cars as they were set for a safe team one-two finish, led by Webber.
Vettel ignored the orders though and began to challenge his teammate for the lead, saying Webber was driving to slow. He eventually forced the Australian to succumb on a tight corner.
Webber was visibly angry after the race, and used the podium interview to air Red Bull’s dirty laundry.
“In the end, Seb made his own decisions today and will have protection as usual and that’s the way it goes,” a disgruntled Webber said.
Vettel’s latest indiscretion brings tensions to boiling point again for Webber, who has often felt unfairly treated by the team.
Webber said it was very early days in the 2013 season and emotion was still very raw, but some decisions on how the team moved forward needed to be made.
For his part, Vettel apologised profusely, admitting: “I f….d up” but Webber was nonetheless bitter and immediately returned to Queensland to think about his future.
“I will be in Australia on my surfboard,” he said.
“I think this will be good medicine for me. But there were a lot of things in my mind in the last 15 laps of the grand prix, to be honest, so whether the medicine is enough, we will see.”
The pair have had a tumultuous history. They clashed during the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix and tensions escalated before the British GP in the same year when Vettel damaged a front wing and was given Webber’s spare.
Vettel currently leads the championship after two races, with Webber sitting in third place.
The next race is the Chinese Grand Prix on 14 April.