The media have overblown the issue between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, and it has been solved according to Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko. A controversy erupted between the two drivers after Sebastian Vettel failed to obey the team orders and overtook Webber. The Red Bull team principal ordered the two drivers to turn off their engines and save the tires with only 13 laps remaining in the race. However, Vettel chose to ignore the orders and fought with Webber for a few corners before eventually overtaking him. There have been suggestions over the years that Red Bull have been favouring Sebastian Vettel over Webber.
It is understood that the 36-year-old Australian was heavily annoyed after the incident. Webber said after the race that he expected protection from the team, but he was surprised to see that he didn’t get any. This has led to rumours that Webber could possibly leave the sport before the end of the season, while many are predicting that he is unlikely to extend his contract with the team. The advisor at Red Bull, Helmut Marko, has said that the two drivers have sat down with each other and sorted the incident.
“They don’t have to be completely on the same page but it must be a solid working partnership. Sebastian apologised in the press conference and I think that was the first correct step to make. There was a debrief afterwards with the relevant discussions about the race and then there was a handshake between the two drivers. For us now the issue is settled. We told Sebastian to hold his position because we didn’t know what the tyre situation was,” said Marko. However, he has said that Vettel was unable to act according to the orders because his racing instinct kicked in, which was unacceptable.