Mark Webber is not going to reveal the levels of which his “f***ing intense” rivalry with Sebastian Vettel reached particularly in 2010.
This weekend the outspoken Australian brings to a close a 12-year F1 career of which the last five have seen an often fraught relationship with the German.
While the 37-year-old won’t go into detail he did hint that there was a lot more to the story behind the scenes during that 2010 season.
“Only those closest to me know what went into it,” Webber, 37, told the Telegraph.
Asked if the truth will eventually come out, he insisted: “Not from me.”
“Looking back I’m pretty proud of myself, the way it was kicking off and how I handled myself.”
One of the big moments of confrontation during that year was at the Turkish Grand Prix when battling for the lead, Webber and Vettel collided on the approach to turn 12, after the race neither took the blame for the incident though most pointed the finger at Vettel.
Some see that as the moment Webber’s relationship with team boss Christian Horner broke down and never fully recovered.
“To manage the whole scenario hasn’t been super easy for the team,” Webber conceded.
“We were in uncharted waters in 2010. ‘F***, we’re going for our first title. Holy sh**, how do we do it? Let them both go at it maybe? Oh no, maybe not’,” said Webber.
Then at the British Grand Prix, Vettel had damaged his newer specification front wing during practice only for Webber to have his taken off and given to the sister car.
Webber would win the race at Silverstone and famously said over the radio 'not bad for a number 2 driver'.
Since 2010 things had been relatively quiet between the pair as Vettel began his domination of the sport, but the old wounds were reopened with a vengeance following the so-called ‘Multi-21′ event at this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Asked about the incident at Sepang, Webber said: There are blinkers and there are blinkers.
“I saw Michael (Schumacher)’s blinkers, too, and I don’t think Seb’s are as bad as that. I think in time, a stiff glass of red wine one day down the line, it will probably be ok with us. But it’s hard at the moment,” he admitted.
To commemorate Webber’s career his closest paddock allies will wear T-shirts with the phrase ‘Made my Mark’ at Interlagos this weekend.
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