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Red Bull constant: The psychological war Vettel against Webber

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At the start of the season, Red Bull was seen as the team with the lowest potential for conflict. But after ten races the war rages in the bulls' camp. Despite another F statements of peace from the corner of Mark Webber it will be difficult to permanently fix the cracks in the relationship with Sebastian Vettel. Actually, the two were considered the perfect combination. Super talent Vettel and his loyal adjutant Webber.

Success makes Mark Webber hungry

The Australian was usually one or two tenths slower last season, but he was there, if something didn't go according to plan at Vettel. It was like that at the Nürburgring last year and it was like that at Interlagos. Webber could live with the narrow defeat as long as it was sweetened with a win every now and then. After having chewed the hard bread of mediocrity for seven years, the wonder car RB5 finally gave him the chance for a breakthrough in 2009. Webber had almost given up the chance of ever winning a Grand Prix.

But with the taste of success comes the hunger for more. In the first four races of the year, the situation from the previous year seemed to continue. Vettel cemented his unofficial number one position with three pole positions, one win and two near-wins. For Webber it was just enough to get a second place and a lot of frustration.

Webber not satisfied with number two role

When he flew to the start of Europe he was ready to give up at the end of the year. More than second behind Vettel did not seem possible for him. 'And I don't want to be satisfied with the role of second.' Then came the victories of Barcelona and Monte Carlo and the idea of ​​quitting was shelved. Webber had tasted blood. And there was still peace in the camp of the Austrian-English team.

Until that fatal collision between Vettel and Webber in Istanbul. No matter who had to save fuel and who didn't. No matter which radio message went to whom or not. In the end, this duel was a psychological war to the bitter end. Webber was desperate to win his third race in a row in the hopes that it would morally break Vettel's neck. Vettel wanted to prevent exactly that.

Red Bull split in two camps

It was a duel into which no one could give in. It was only the statements of team boss Christian Horner, Helmut Marko and the race engineers that made this duel a question of the stable management. The impression arose that Red Bull was on Vettel's side. And the Webber clan fueled that theory. Because it's his life insurance. The sympathies tipped to one side: Webber's.

This resulted in a camp competition that Webber uses as a motivational boost. Whenever something goes against him, he suspects treason. In order to stifle that in his beginnings, he deals openly with the topic. In his opinion, it is the only chance to survive in a supposed Vettel team.

Vettel with more technical bad luck

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko sees these suspicions without basis: 'When Mark imagines that there is a conspiracy between us and Vettel against him Then he's on the wrong track. If I were Vettel, then I would have to suspect the opposite. Which car kept breaking? Did Mark forget the defective spark plug in Bahrain, the loose wheel in Australia, the improperly adjusted stabilizer and the broken brake disc in Barcelona, ​​the defective chassis in Monte Carlo, the gearbox problems in Montreal and now the fallen nose in Silverstone? Webber got away with it with a black eye. '

Marko is secretly happy, that Webber squeezes the last hundredth out of his German colleague, but he's tired of the Australian's number two story: 'Mark is having a great season, and he's also improved incredibly, but he shouldn't forget that he was this tea m also owe a lot. Where was he two years ago? He couldn't even dream of GP victories. Today we are able to provide him with a car that he can use to win on his own. For us it really doesn't matter who becomes world champion, the main thing is that he is in a Red Bull. '

How long will the Red Bull peace last this time?

After that Noise from Silverstone was smoked in the Milton Keynes factory. Horner explained to Webber the reasons for the fateful wing swap. His Australian protégé publicly regretted some of the remarks made in the heat of the moment. It will be interesting to see how long it took Peace lasts this time. After the collision in Istanbul, Webber and Vettel had already celebrated a media-effective debate. Three races later, the tree burned again in the Red Bull camp.


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