“It was a positive meeting, which draws a line under the incident that happened on lap 40 of the Turkish Grand Prix. The team is now fully focused on next week’s Canadian Grand Prix,” said the statement, which included a photograph of Vettel and Webber taken at the factory and captioned ‘S*** happens’.
“The team had got us into a great position and it wasn’t good for them what happened – so I’m sorry for them that we lost the lead of the race,” said Vettel.
“Mark and I are racers and we were racing. We are professionals and it won’t change how we will work together going forward. We have a great team and the spirit is very strong. I’m looking forward to Canada.”
Webber added: “It’s a shame for the team, as we lost a good opportunity to win the race. It’s sport and these things can happen, but it shouldn’t have done.
“I feel for everyone at Red Bull, at the factory and everyone involved. Seb and I will make sure it doesn’t happen again and will continue to work openly together, no problem. We have talked enough on it now, it’s done, we’re looking ahead and I’m focused on the race in Canada next week.”
Men det löser knappast det hela, det finns en del frågor kvar. Joe Saward har en mycket bra blogg om F1 och ett mycket bra inlägg om det idag. Han skriver bland annat;
It has now been revealed (by Christian Horner) that Mark Webber asked the team to get Sebastian Vettel to back off the lap before the accident in Turkey – a logical thing to do given that the two are team-mates and the aim was to score as many points. This is not seen as team orders, as it is a pragmatic decision that is in the best interest of the team as it fights for the World Championship.
I would like to hear a proper justification for what happened if the team can give it. In order to do that in a credible fashion, the team needs to address the following questions: Did Webber turn down his own engine without instructions to do so? Why would he have done that? If not, who told him to turn down the engine? And why? And why was that necessary given the speed he showed later in the race when he was chasing the McLarens? The team must have known how much fuel was available and what was possible with that fuel so the argument that there was a threat from McLaren sounds like a justification rather than a reality. Why also was Vettel’s engine turned up? How many laps of fuel burn did he have in hand over Webber? And how had he achieved that?