The dad of Aston Clinton’s F1 star Mark Webber says his son is staying at Red Bull despite finding himself at the centre of one of the biggest and most controversial stories in the world of sport at the weekend.
Speculation has been rife that Webber is considering his future after team-mate Sebastian Vettel – with whom the Aussie has always endured a frosty and businesslike relationship – robbed him of victory in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, defying team orders from principal Christian Horner in the process.
Webber’s post race champagne had a bitter taste after he was leading with 10 laps to go when Vettel, ignoring instructions from Horner for both drivers to hold their positions, attacked.
On a dramatic day of racing Horner could be heard on live TV telling the racer via the team radio: “This is silly, Seb. Come on!”
Webber on the other hand followed instructions and with the race in the bag turned his engine down. Aside from the lost points and the fact it would have been Webber’s first win since Silverstone last season, the team also faced the potential of damage to both vehicles as the pair came close to colliding around several turns before Vettel overtook.
An incandescent Webber, never one to mince his words anyway, flatly refused to join the post-race celebrations and was caught on camera giving Vettel the middle finger from behind the wheel after being overtaken. And in fresh footage released yesterday Webber is seen speeding past his teammate after the flag and aggressively cuts him up before speeding off.
Speaking after the race Webber fuelled speculation over his future when he cryptically said: “It’s three weeks to the next race – we are fortunate we have three weeks.
“I will catch some waves in Australia with my board and I think this will be good medicine for me. But there were a lot of things in my mind in the last 15 laps of the grand prix, to be honest, so whether the medicine is enough we will see.”
But on Tuesday, Webber’s dad Alan told Australian radio his son would be representing Red Bull in China when the season resumes on April 14.
Vettel apologised after the race, claiming he did not hear the team orders and insisting it should have been Webber atop the podium.
“I apologise to Mark. I am the black sheep.” Vettel said.