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Webber tried to take out rivals - Berger

ESPNF1 Staff
October 26, 2010
Mark Webber crashed out of the Korean Grand Prix © Getty Images

Gerhard Berger has accused Mark Webber of wanting to take out a championship rival after crashing out of Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.

Webber, who at the time was leading the world championship by 14 points, spun on a wet kerb while running second and struck the wall. His Red Bull then rolled back across the circuit, collecting the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.

"I don't understand why Webber didn't hit the brakes," said Rosberg on Twitter. "It was crazy to roll back across the track like that."

Former grand prix winner Berger told Austrian Servus TV: "He could have hit the brakes and stopped the car at the wall. He took out Rosberg, but it was the wrong one. I think in his mind he would have preferred Alonso or Hamilton."

Asked to clarify whether he thinks Webber's move was deliberate, Berger - a former co-owner of the second Red Bull team Toro Rosso - added: "Yes, I think that's very clear. He goes off and he knows it's over. In this moment you're frustrated and a thousand thoughts go through your head. It's very obvious, you can see his wheels are not locked up. Perhaps he had a brake problem, but I don't think so."

After the race Webber said: "I got on the kerb on the exit of turn 12 and it was a very slow-motion moment off the back of that kerb - it was my mistake and it wasn't my day. I thought I'd managed to catch it, but I lost the car and made contact with the wall, nothing too heavy, but it was enough to bring the car back to the other side of the track and then Nico (Rosberg) hit me, which wrecked his race as well."

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