‘Stupid Vettel could cause a deadly feud’ says former F1 star

The feud is simmering between Webber and Vettel''PHOTO: RED BULL MEDIA
The feud is simmering between Webber and Vettel''PHOTO: RED BULL MEDIA
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Red Bull could be left with blood on the hands if they do not get a grip on the sporting feud the whole world is still talking about.

That’s the stark warning from former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve who has voiced his very real concerns about the relationship between Webber and teammate Seb Vettel following the now infamous Malaysian Grand Prix.

Villeneuve has likened the current civil war between Vettel and Aston Clinton racer Webber to the one which killed his racing driver father.

The Red Bull duo brought simmering tensions to the boil at the Malasysian Grand Prix when Vettel overtook Webber to win the race despite both drivers being instructed by their team to hold their positions.

Villeneuve’s father, Gilles, was tragically killed in a 1982 accident while trying to beat the qualifying time of then Ferrari team-mate Didier Pironi.

The pair had fallen out at the previous Grand Prix at San Marino when Pironi defied team orders to pass Villeneuve on the final lap for victory – a situation Jacques believes Vettel and Webber would be wise to take heed of.

Villeneuve told Auto Bild: “It’s easy to make excuses but in the end, Vettel’s got the win and the points. Mark has nothing. It was a deliberate decision by Vettel.

“The team give you the contract and pay you the money, and so you do what they want you to do. It’s very simple.

“Ignoring is just plain wrong. The best example is my father and Didier Pironi. Just look at the problems that caused.

“(Vettel’s) behaviour was just stupid. Such negative energy does not help the team. If he now needs help from Mark, he cannot be sure he will get it.”

Meanwhile, Red Bull chief Christian Horner has insisted Webber will remain with the team for the rest of the 2013 season.

He told Skysports’ F1 Show: “Mark knows there was no conspiracy within the team.

“We gave equality and our intention was to shut the race down and minimise the risk - particularly with the tyre degradation we had seen. It was the intent of the team for Mark to win the race.”