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During the British Grand Prix at the weekend, Mark Webber found himself catching teammate Sebastian Vettel towards the end of the race, and attempting a passing move for second place. He didn’t get the position, and radio transmission was aired to Webber suggesting he should maintain the position. Team orders are not illegal this year, but the matter has still caused something of an uproar, as Webber suggests he ignored the calls.
The Australian said: “The team radioed me about four times, asking that I maintain the gap to Seb. But I wasn’t happy with that because you should never give up in F1, so I continued to push. If Fernando had retired on the last lap, we would have been battling for the lead.”
Meanwhile, team boss Christian Horner is taking the party line, saying: “At the end of the day the team is the biggest thing, and no individual is bigger than the team. I can understand Mark’s frustration in that, but had it been the other way around it would have been exactly the same.” Horner’s concerns come from the possibility of the drivers crashing into each other, which is something else Webber is not taking as a compliment.
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