Webber beats Vettel’s TopGear time

7 August, 2013 | by Benedict Pather

Retiring Formula One driver Mark Webber sent a parting shot to his Red Bull Racing teammate Sebastian Vettel, by beating his TopGear track time on Sunday’s season 20 finale.

Racing in a Suzuki Liana, the Australian driver managed to beat his German colleagues lap time in the show’s popular, star in a reasonably priced car challenge.

Nearly a full second separate the two, as Webber managed to secure a blistering lap time of 1:43.1. Vettel, who is the current F1 world champion, trails behind with a time of 1:44.0. His lap was not quite good enough to beat Lewis Hamilton’s 1.42.9 – but that’s not the point.

Keen to stir up flames was show host Jeremy Clarkson, who took the opportunity to question Webber on his relationship with Vettel, to which he replied, “Am I going to miss Seb? Um, probably not a huge amount.”

When pushed on whether he’d ever considered hitting Vettel – classic Clarkson – Webber jokingly answered, “My dad always says you shouldn’t hit boys, mate.”

Webber went on further to admit that rivalry is common in any competition and that the two racers have always had history – long before they became Red Bull Racing teammates.

Too close for comfort then? Well, lets for a second take a look back to 2007 (while racing for Toro Rosso), Vettel crashed into Webber, smashing his chance of achieving his maiden victory at that year’s Japanese Grand Prix.

And who could forget their first go as teammates? They once again went for a spin, literally, at the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix. If memory serves correct, Webber was in the lead and Vettel eagerly attempted to overtake him. Sound familiar? Or perhaps it’s the nature of the beast… Your thoughts?

Let’s call it competitive tension then, although their collision course didn’t end there. Which brings me to the most recent, and possibly one of the biggest controversy’s in the sport, which went down at this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

While the drivers looked set for a one-two finish, with the Aussie in the lead, Vettel forced his way forward and overtook Webber – much to the surprise of spectators, the Red Bull team and most of all, Webber.

Was this the final straw? Many believe that this ‘childish’ behaviour was reason enough for the 36 year old to announce his retirement from Formula One.

Not cashing his chips in just yet though, Webber looks set to join Porsche for their 2014 World Endurance Championship. Good for him.

Mark Webber currently ranks fifth in this seasons F1 championship, while his younger teammate holds the number one spot.


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