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Webber ready to move on after Silverstone

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber claims to have cleared the air with his Red Bull team after holding talks over its decision to give his updated wing to team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the British Grand Prix.

Tensions ran high over the race weekend amid accusations of favoritism towards Vettel, and on the team radio after winning Webber said: "Not bad for a No. 2 driver." Team boss Christian Horner insisted earlier this week that the issue had been addressed and that Webber had come round to his way of thinking after the situation was explained in full.

On his personal website Webber has now issued a statement saying there are no hard feelings between him and the team.

"My disappointment on Saturday after qualifying spilled over into Sunday but it was simply due to the fact that I, along with every other driver on the grid, wanted the best possible chance of success," he said. "Sebastian received the newer front wing for reasons which were not clearly explained to me until Saturday late afternoon. Obviously I can see why a team may at certain points have to favour a driver with more points in the championship, if there are only enough resources to fully support one of us.

"We've already debriefed the race weekend at the factory and have cleared the air. It's now understood that, should we face this unlikely dilemma again, preference will go to the championship points leader."

He said that his comments after the race had been made in the heat of the moment and that he regretted being so forward in public.

"Of course things get said in the heat of the moment which, with hindsight goggles on, probably shouldn't have been said," he added. "Formula One is a highly charged and fiercely competitive arena where emotions and adrenalin do run high from time to time like in many sports and my comment on the radio after the race was an example of Australian sarcasm - either at its best or worst depending on how you choose to take it.

"But rest assured, under the helmet I was massively rapt about winning one of the most prestigious events on the F1 calendar and Red Bull Racing's local race. It's a home race of sorts for me; I only live 40 mins down the road and the UK and Buckinghamshire in particular has been home to me for the past 15 years so Silverstone and the British GP are both very special to me."

He also said that his relationship with Horner remains strong and that he and Vettel are still working together for the good of the team.

"Christian Horner and I have known each other for many years; we're friends and have a strong mutual respect which continues and extends to other activities, such as our GP3 team and interest in finding and nurturing young racing talent," he said.

"The respect within the team extends to the drivers. I know I have a very good driver as a team-mate and I wouldn't want it any other way. We share information freely in team meetings and contribute to the development and improvement of our cars. Seb and I are not enemies, we're just two drivers that are pushing hard and want to do the best for ourselves and the team, it's as simple as that.

"The British Grand Prix was a wonderful result for myself and the team; however time moves fast and looking in the mirror for too long doesn't prepare us for Germany. We've moved on."