Mark Webber & Sebastian Vettel: Red Bull say row is settled

 

Red Bull boss Helmut Marko says the row between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel has been "settled".

Marko said the two drivers shook hands after a post-race discussion following the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Triple world champion Vettel upset Red Bull team-mate Webber by ignoring team orders and passing the Australian to win Sunday's race at Sepang.

Marko said Vettel had been "distressed" by the situation, adding: "I don't think he will do that again."

Vettel and Webber clashes

 Sebastien Vettel Mark Webber
  • 2010 Turkish Grand Prix - Collided on lap 40, handing advantage to McLaren
  • 2010 British Grand Prix - Webber blocked Vettel on the first corner and won his third race of the season
  • 2011 British Grand Prix - Webber ignored team orders not to pass Vettel
  • 2012 German Grand Prix - Webber refused to move over in qualifying to let his team-mate pass
  • 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix - Webber was leading and ordered to conserve fuel, Vettel ignored team orders to go on and win the race

Marko continued: "In the debrief afterwards, there was the relevant discussions about the race and then there was a handshake between the two drivers.

"For us, now, the issue is settled.

"They don't have to be completely on the same page but it must be a solid working partnership."

Marko, who is the right-hand man of Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz and a champion of Vettel within the team, said he believed the German had learned an important lesson.

"Sebastian apologised in the press conference," said Marko. "That's the first correct step to take.

"He doesn't have to change as a whole, but I think Sebastian was distressed. He was surprised by his radical way of tackling it and I don't think he will do that again."

Marko also insisted the team had been helpless to intervene during the race to stop Vettel disobeying the order to stay behind Webber.

"We told Sebastian to hold his position because we didn't know what the tyre situation was and both drivers need to bring home a good finish for the team," Marko said.

"But then came the attack against that strategy and it got out of control. You couldn't control it over radio or anything like that. Sebastian the racer came out and took the lead."

Team principal Christian Horner revealed Vettel apologised to the whole Red Bull factory this week.

"He's said he can't turn back the clock but he's accepted what he did was wrong," Horner said.

"He's apologised to the team and to every single member of staff for his actions, because he recognises the team is vitally important and being part of the team is a crucial aspect to being able to challenge for those championships."