Webber wants crisis talks over Vettel

Frank Dalleres
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RED BULL’S Mark Webber admits internal talks need to be held before he can forget his row with team-mate Sebastian Vettel at Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Formula One world champion Vettel infuriated Webber by ignoring team orders and passing the Australian to take the chequered flag in Sepang. The German apologised afterwards and admitted he owed his colleague an explanation, but Webber, who has complained that the team favours Vettel, feels “raw”.

“It’s very early days right now,” he said. “We need to work out how the team goes best forwards from here. That’s obviously going to be discussed this week. I will be in Australia on my surfboard, the phone won’t be engaged, we’ll see what happens.

“It’s three weeks to the next race. I will catch some waves in Australia. This will be good medicine. But there were a lot of things in my mind in the last 15 laps, so whether the medicine is enough we will see.”

Former McLaren driver John Watson, meanwhile, has called for Red Bull chief Christian Horner to take a firm stance and suspend Vettel for the next grand prix in China on 14 April.

“If Christian Horner doesn’t reassert his authority in the team – because he has been totally subjugated by Sebastian Vettel – then his position in the team is not exactly the role it is designed to be,” said Watson, who spent 13 years in Formula One and now works as a commentator.

“If other drivers in other teams disobeyed a team order they would be suspended or even fired.”