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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spa Photo: tmr
JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images) Photo: tmr
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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia attends the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Tho Photo: tmr
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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany attends the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Photo: tmr
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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spa Photo: tmr
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Mike Stevens | Jul, 16 2010 | 1 Comment

Mark Webber has revealed that he and the Red Bull team have "cleared the air" in the wake of the Silverstone front wing saga.

After reacting angrily to losing the newest specification wing to his teammate Sebastian Vettel before qualifying, the Australian declared on the radio after winning the race that it was "not bad for a number two driver".

But in a written statement, the 33-year-old says he now accepts that Red Bull's reasons for the wing switch were sound.

And Webber said his obvious "disappointment" at the British Grand Prix was due to Vettel receiving the wing "for reasons which were not clearly explained" at the time.

"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," he said.

"We've already debriefed the race weekend at the factory and have cleared the air."

Webber said he acknowledged that some of his comments at Silverstone were "said in the heat of the moment which, with hindsight goggles on, probably shouldn't have been said".

"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," he added.

And he insists that his relationship with team boss Christian Horner is intact.

"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," said Webber.

"The respect within the team extends to the drivers. I know I have a very good driver as a teammate and I wouldn't want it any other way.

"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."

(GMM)

 

Villeneuve In Running For F1 Return With Own Team

Jacques Villeneuve is reportedly bidding to return to Formula One next year with his own team.

Germany's authoritative Auto Motor und Sport magazine said 'Villeneuve Racing' is one of the three candidates for the 13th and final place in pitlane.

The 1997 World Champion and now 39-year-old French Canadian wanted to return to the cockpit this year with Stefan GP, but the Serbian outfit was not granted an entry.

The report said almost ten candidates originally made applications to race next year, but now there are only three in the running; with Villeneuve Racing and Cypher Group among them.

Auto Motor und Sport said the third name could be Spain's Epsilon Euskadi or the former GP2 team Durango, after Nicolas Todt's ART failed at the 'finance hurdle' for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

The magazine said Villeneuve Racing has cleared all the hurdles so far, including the provision of an existing infrastructure for a team based in England.

The report said it is rumoured that Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds may be involved, as might be a crew made up of former Arrows and Super Aguri staff.

The FIA's decision about the 13th team is expected in late July.

Villeneuve last raced in F1 with BMW-Sauber in 2006, losing the seat to Robert Kubica mid-season.

(GMM)

 
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