The multi 21 fiasco may have dominated the headlines recently, yet Mark Webber has now spoken of the respect that he and teammate Sebastian Vettel have for each other within the Red Bull setup.
Webber’s relationship with Vettel appeared to be at an all-time low following the incident in the Malaysian Grand Prix, which saw the defending world champion pass Webber for the lead against team orders. However, the Australian driver has suggested the opposite is true in a recent interview with IANS.
“Sebastian and I are a team and we share a great camaraderie,” Webber said.
“Sebastian is an experienced driver. Besides, we have a common goal as teammates to make our team proud.”
Webber suggested that it was the drivers’ duty to Red Bull to respect and push each other.
“We continue to respect each other and will continue to remain focused in wanting to make the team proud.”
Although rumors of an impending move to Porsche’s World Endurance Championship squad fail to go away, Webber is confident that he can still challenge for wins this season, and perhaps even the title.
“The goal is always to win. That’s what keeps me motivated on the tracks. I will give it my best shot and leave the rest to fate and destiny.”
These comments will certainly confuse many Formula One fans following the incident in Malaysia, although they may be nothing but empty words in order to draw attention away from the inter-team battle, thus easing the pressure on Mark Webber.
Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).
So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.
Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.
“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.
“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”
The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.
Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.
Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago: