Webber admits defeat in stepping out of Seb’s shadow and hails world champ

You've got to hand it to him: Mark Webber was second to four-time world champ and Red Bull teammate Seb Vettel in Abu Dhabi     PHOTO: Red Bull Media

You've got to hand it to him: Mark Webber was second to four-time world champ and Red Bull teammate Seb Vettel in Abu Dhabi PHOTO: Red Bull Media

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Mark Webber conceded his teammate, rival and four-time world champ Seb Vettel is simply ‘on another planet’ after the German beat him to victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Aston Clinton racer has never seen eye-to-eye with Vettel and the pair’s relationship came to a head at the Malaysian Grand Prix when the world champ disobeyed team orders to overtake the Aussie.

But with Webber leaving the sport at the end of the season and Vettel so emphatically the four-time champ, relations have clearly cooled.

So much so that Webber paid his rival a compliment despite losing his pole position to Vettel and spending another race weekend in his shadow, not unlike the rest of the field have done for the last four years.

“Seb was on another planet and was very, very strong in the first stint,” Webber said.

“He was super quick and his tyres didn’t wear out, which is a recipe for disaster for the rest of the opposition, me included.”

An eventful race did see Webber score his sixth podium of the 2013 campaign and the 100th podium in the history of Red Bull Racing. He started the race on pole position – the 13th of his Formula One career, equalling the tally of Sir Jack Brabham – but he had to settle for second place after 55 laps of racing.

“It was definitely the best lap I’ve done around the Yas Marina circuit and I don’t think I left anything on the table. It was fantastic to equal Sir Jack’s record, and let’s not forget that I wouldn’t have got into racing if it hadn’t been for Jack because he was one of my dad’s heroes.”

Looking ahead as the season draws to a close, Webber hopes he can leave the sport on a winning note.

“There are only a couple of races to go and I’ll be doing my best to go out with a win,” he said.