Ominous words from Mark Webber suggest he is considering his future in the sport following the controversial end to the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Webber lost victory in yesterday’s race after team mate Sebastian Vettel refused to obey an order telling the pair to hold position and snatched the win for himself.
“There were a lot of things going through my mind in the last 15 laps of the Grand Prix, lots of different reasons, not just from today but also from the past,” said Webber after the race.
“We’ll see what happens. We’ve got three weeks before the next race.”
Webber said he intends to spend some time in his native Australia with his phone switched off while he considers his response to yesterday’s events.
He and Vettel have had several conflicts during their time as team mates. In 2010 they collided while leading the Turkish Grand Prix, putting Vettel out. The following year Webber ignored a team order to hold position behind Vettel in the closing laps of the British Grand Prix. And in last year’s season finale Vettel was unhappy at Webber’s reluctance to cede position to him even as the championship hung in the balance.
Webber’s dissatisfaction is about more than just the situation at Red Bull. He has repeatedly criticized F1’s current generation of tires:
“I think it’s quite good for the neutral, good for the fans and good for probably new people that are following Formula One,” he said yesterday.
“But the old – let’s say people who have more of a grasp of the sport and more education of where the sport was – it’s still a little bit hit and miss.”
Webber added the tire situation is likely to cause further rows over team orders:
“You watch Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer play each other and it’s playing with the lines, it’s playing with precision for a five set match and we all enjoy watching that but at the moment we’re driving at eight and a half tenths, eight tenths, conserving our pace and some more situations like this will probably happen in the future because there’s a lot of ambiguity in who’s (on the) pace and who’s quick.”