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Mosley blames Webber for collision

ESPNF1 Staff
June 3, 2010 « Manager not ruling out F1 switch for Raikkonen | »
Max Mosley blames Mark Webber for the collision in Turkey © Sutton Images

Former FIA president Max Mosley thinks Mark Webber is to blame for the incident that coast Red Bull Racing the chance of victory in Turkey.

Although Red Bull drew a line under the matter on Thursday by issuing a team statement from both drivers, Mosley told German newspaper Die Welt that he thinks the crash was Webber's fault.

"At the time of the accident Vettel was clearly faster than Webber. At this stage he [Vettel] had the right and the duty to overtake," said Mosley. "It can be clearly seen that Vettel had already passed Webber before the collision, and at that time Webber should have given him more space - especially as they were already on the far left side of the track. Now you could argue if it had not been Webber's team-mate, but as it was, he [Webber] should have respected his responsibility to the team."

Red Bull revealed afterwards that Webber was running a fuel-saving engine setting while Vettel was not, and that the Australian radioed the pits to ask Vettel to drop back. But the team claims Webber's race engineer failed to pass on a radio message warning the Australian not to resist an overtake from Vettel.

"The crucial point speaks for Vettel and against Webber - that one driver in this moment was fast, while the other was slow. Vettel was under pressure from Lewis Hamilton, he was faster than Webber, and to shake off the McLaren he needed to pass the slower Webber.

"Even if this situation was declared to the drivers by radio, this would not be a team order or a manipulation of the drivers' championship, but rather an explanation of a particular situation - [it is] necessary information for the drivers."