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Webber admits he said too much

ESPNF1 Staff
July 18, 2010 « Vettel focussed on beating Webber | »
Mark Webber says tensions could still run high between the team-mates © Getty Images

Mark Webber has admitted that he said too much in the heat of the moment after winning a highly-charged British Grand Prix but that there is still every chance of tensions running high between himself and team-mate Sebastian Vettel this season.

Accusations of favoritism towards Vettel came during the race weekend after the team gave the German his new front wing. After winning, Webber said over the team radio: "Not bad for a No. 2 driver."

The public rift between Webber and the team's management led to 'clear-the-air talks' between himself, team principal Christian Horner and Vettel.

"It's a fair admission that I put too much out to the world," Webber told the Daily Mail. "I would have liked it not to have got out. But it did. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I try to be honest to myself and everyone, and I'm being honest with you."

Although Webber was initially furious that the team gave Vettel use of his new front wing after the German damaged his own before qualifying, Webber insists things will even out.

"I don't want any favouritism; just a fair deal. You need to make sure you don't have any headwinds. You can't afford anything that makes it a little bit harder for you. On Saturday I was obviously a bit hot under the collar with what was going on. It was a unique situation because it was the first time we had just one component. It was a tricky decision to make. I was pretty disappointed by it.

"But the upshot is that it will go the other way in the future - it just will, even if that's hard for people to believe. He was given the wing because he was higher in the championship than me. Now I am higher, so you can follow the logic."

Webber added that although the tension between the team-mates had lifted slightly, further friction was entirely possible in the races to come.

"We've got two of us at the front. It's a sensational problem to have. I could be at the stage of my career when I say, 'It's fine, mate, I don't really care,' but unfortunately - or fortunately - I can't do that.

"Who knows, in the next few months, if we're both still racing at the front, things could become more tense between us."