Webber low on fuel during Vettel attack in Malaysia

Sebastian Vettel versus Mark Webber at Sepang

Sebastian Vettel versus Mark Webber at Sepang

Almost two weeks after the fact, the Multi-21 Red Bull team orders affair keeps stumbling onwards as new information emerges.

Auto Motor und Sport now reports a new fact: just as Sebastian Vettel ignored the team order to hold station, Mark Webber had turned down his engine because he was saving fuel.

“The truth in Formula 1 usually only comes to light piecemeal,” said correspondent Michael Schmidt.

It was already known that the chasing Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were having fuel-saving issues.

But Red Bull claimed it issued the team order because it was worried about the drivers burning up their fragile Pirelli tyres and being swallowed up by their silver rivals.

“Obviously there was more to it than what Red Bull wanted to say,” Schmidt added.

“Apparently in the first 42 laps Webber had consumed clearly more fuel than Vettel and was already in the red.

“Vettel was also able to drive in (Webber’s) slipstream for 12 laps and use DRS.

“So Red Bull not only feared an accident, but also that Webber could run out of gas. So he was asked to turn down his performance just to get to the line.”

  • Well Well

    So Vettel was better with everything, while the team tried to force a Webber victory?

    Good on Vettel then, well deserved, screw the team and Webber’s whining. I hope Vettel started talks with Ferrari so RBR can go back fighting with Sauber and Ferrari can win championships with Vettel.

    If Mercedes had let Rosberg overtake Hamilton, he probably would have gotten Webber’s second place too with Webber having fuel problems.

    Conclusion: Vettel has shown why he is in the same class as Senna and Schumacher, while Rosberg showed he will never win a championship for accepting being the second violinist.

    The rest of the crying in the British media is all sour grapes.

  • Hooters

    Yeah like I’d believe that magazine…

  • Apex Assassin

    May as well blame the weather, the heavily forecasted rain never materialized forcing everyone to alter their plans. Well not Alonso. :P

  • McLarenfan

    @well well: nice one dick

  • Chris

    Well Well: The amount of fuel burned is not related to the skill of the driver, as you so eloquently put it. The amount of fuel burned is related to the engine map mode you are running. This is decided by the race engineer.

    The person you should really be praising is Sebastian Vettel’s race engineer, then. That individual is a legend equal to Senna and Schumacher.

  • Steve

    “Vettel attack”

    Since when has one driver passing/attempting to pass another driver been an “attack”? In all the stories I’ve recently re-read about Silverstone 2011 – stories the F1 press seem to have completely forgotten about – not once is Webber’s move described as a “Webber attack”.

  • Joe Kinnear

    Then it’s Webber’s engineers/cars fault. Why deny Sebs the chance to win? Lame excuse, RBR.