• Malaysian Grand Prix

Webber 'raw' over race outcome

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber declined to accept Sebastian Vettel's apology following the driver press conference © Sutton Images

Mark Webber tried to keep his emotions in check after admitting losing out to Sebastian Vettel in the Malaysian Grand Prix was "very raw".

Having led for much of the race, Webber was instructed by the team that positions would stay as they were following the final pit stops in order to ensure both cars finished the race. Vettel, however, proceeded to attack Webber and eventually found his way in to the lead after a bitter battle, and Webber expressed his anger on the podium.

"After the last stop obviously the team told me that the race was over, we turned the engines down and we go to the end," Webber said. "I want to race as well but in the end the team made the decision which we always say before the start of the race that's probably how it's going to be; we look after the tyres, get the car to the end. In the end Seb made his own decisions today and will have protection as usual and that's the way it goes."

Speaking after the driver press conference in which Vettel apologised, Webber was still clearly angry with his team-mate's actions.

"Seb's a world class driver. We've had a lot of history in the past and it's been very, very fine in lots of situations, it's a very close fight many, many times and it doesn't take much for the battle to go in one favour. I respect Sebastian, it's still very raw at the moment because we had a plan obviously before the race as we do for most grands prix how things would be in this certain scenario and it was ... yeah ... I should stop now.

"It's very, very, very hard for Seb to sit there when we've got to bring the cars home safely. Obviously I turned my engine down, I looked after the tyres and I was completely reassured twice that we were not going to abuse the cars on each other because it was very easy for us to not get any points for the whole team. But as I say it's very hard for everybody to know the whole scenario; there's a lot of people who think they know the whole situation but unfortunately it's not possible for them to understand everything."

Webber added that the situation within the team would be strained now, and hinted that he would consider his future during the break ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.

"It puts a lot of heat on certain people, for sure. Inevitably it does, because unfortunately there's no rewind button now so the scenario is a bit more challenging for certain people. It's three weeks to the next race - we're fortunate that we have three weeks - I will catch some waves in Australia on my board and I think this will be good medicine for me. But there was 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'll see."