Webber: Vettel ignored pre-race strategy
24 March 2013 – Mark Webber criticised Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel following this afternoon’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, claiming that the reigning World Champion ignored the original race plan and ‘made his own decisions’ en route to victory.
Webber, who led for the majority of the 56-lap race, lost out in the final stages when Vettel made a move stick on the Medium tyre compound. According to the Australian, the team had already declared the race over, with his engine being turned down.
"After the last stop, the team told me the race was over," explained a visibly frustrated Webber on the podium. "We turned the engine down to get to the end. I want to race as well, but the team made a decision which we always say before the start; we look after the tyres and get the cars to the end.
"In the end Seb made his own decisions today and will get protection as usual, and that's the way it goes. I turned my engine down and started cruising on the tyres, and then the fight was on. I was disappointed with the outcome of today's race."
Webber’s second place finish elevates him to third in the Drivers’ standings on a total of 26 points, with team-mate and new championship leader Vettel 14 points ahead.