Alan Jones tells Webber to treat Vettel as an enemy

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1980 world champion Alan Jones has told fellow Australian Mark Webber to treat Sebastian Vettel as an enemy for the rest of the season.

Following the multi 21 fiasco at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the relationship between Webber and Vettel appears to be at an all-time low, but Jones has encouraged his compatriot not to simply roll over and accept his number two status.

“Seb has proved he can’t be trusted,” Jones told The Guardian. “From now on Mark must view him as just another enemy.

“If Seb didn’t like what was going on he shouldn’t have signed his agreement with Red Bull in the first place.”

The race in Malaysia saw Vettel overtake Webber against team orders, but Red Bull have not sanctioned their triple-champion driver. As a result, Webber is poised to leave the team at the end of the season, although Jones believes that he could yet win the world championship despite the 35 point gap to his teammate.

“The title will be won by the most consistent performer.

“We know that Mark is good enough, and has a good enough car, to perform consistently.”

The management at Red Bull appears to have made its stance perfectly clear over the matter, but should Webber heed Jones’ advice and treat his teammate more aggressively on track, the defending champions could end up losing out in both title races.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.