Webber: The team wanted points, but so did I
13 July 2011 – Mark Webber has again spoken of his decision to attack Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages of the British Grand Prix, electing to ignore team orders from Christian Horner. After starting from pole position, the Australian eventually finished third and less than half a second behind his championship-leading team-mate.
“You get what you deserve in motor racing and Fernando Alonso was the deserved winner of Sunday's British Grand Prix,” Webber wrote in a column for Australia’s Herald Sun. “My start from pole position was okay, but the right side of the grid had more grip and Seb got the jump into Turn 1.
“Seb and I had a good battle late on. The team put in a few calls asking me to maintain the gap, but I kept pushing because you can never give up in F1. If Fernando had retired on the last lap, we would have been fighting for the lead. Obviously the team wanted the points for the world championship – and they got them – but so did I.”
Following the infamous Red Bull collision of last year’s Turkish Grand Prix, Webber insists that he and Vettel are able to race without making contact.
“The team was worried about Seb and me crashing into each other and we proved that we can race without doing that,” he continued. “I don't want to crash into anyone, be it my team-mate or my compatriot Daniel Ricciardo who, incidentally, finished his first Grand Prix in the Hispania, which is great for him.”
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