Aston Clinton racer Mark Webber reached Top Gear once again as he appeared on the cult BBC show on Sunday night.
The Red Bull star first appeared on the popular motoring show in 2005 as a BMW Williams F1 driver. Fast forward eight years and Mark was back in the studio with presenter Jeremy Clarkson and racing again in the show’s ‘reasonably priced car’ segment where he gained a measure of revenge on arch rival Seb Vettel.
The Red Bull teammates have endured a controversial relationship most notably earlier this season when Vettel defied team orders to overtake Webber at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
There is no love lost between the Aussie and his German teammate and it showed as Webber drove hard to beat him into second on the all-time leaderboard with a Top Gear lap time of 1min 43.1secs. Webber now only trails Lewis Hamilton (1:42.9) on the show.
The former Stag at Mentmore owner, who is leaving F1 at the end of the season to race for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship, also had a a few jibes for Vettel when asked by presenter Clarkson whether he would miss the world champion, who he trails by 67 points in this year’s championship.
Webber replied: “Probably not a huge amount, no. I think in a competitive environment there is always a bit of needle and there is a lot of history between us.”
When pushed on whether he had ever been driven to violence towards Vettel, Webber joked: “My dad always says you shouldn’t hit boys, mate.”
Webber is next in action, in his 200mph RB9 this time, at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 25.
You can watch the full episode which features an extended interview with Webber on the BBC iPlayer.