Webber rubbishes Monaco team orders talk
30 May 2012 – Monaco Grand Prix winner Mark Webber has dismissed talks of backing up the pack to allow Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel to gain a better position. The German ran a different strategy to most and was leading the race ahead of Webber before making his pit-stop.
“That is absolute rubbish,” Webber wrote in a column for BBC Sport. “You just cannot be that fancy around Monaco. Ultimately, Sebastian ran out of tyres and he had to pit because the rest of us started to go quicker, but if they'd kept going he would have been pushing for the win.”
While others started on the Super Soft compound, Vettel began the race on the Soft tyre and ran a longer first stint. This allowed him to gain positions ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa.
“If I'd wanted to slide him in among other people, I could have slowed down and it would have been even better for the team.”
The Australian went on to explain that helping Vettel was never part of the team’s plan and doing so could have compromised his position.
“The problem with trying to do that would be that you're exposing yourself to even more pressure from the guys behind,” Webber added.
Webber’s victory in Monaco puts him on equal points with Vettel in the championship standings. The Red Bull drivers are three points behind leader Fernando Alonso.