Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel have cleared the air following an emergency meeting with Red Bull chiefs to discuss their accident in the Turkish GP.
The summit, which took place at the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes, was designed to end the acrimony and war of words that followed the lap-40 collision between the pair at Istanbul Park.
The incident ended Vettel’s race on the spot, but the German blamed Webber for not giving him the room to pass into turn 12, having thrust his car to the inside of the Australian’s down the back straight.
Webber, meanwhile, insists that he maintained his line, only to have his young team-mate turn into him as he looked to make room for himself. The Aussie went on to finish third behind the two McLarens and retains the championship lead heading to next weekend’s Canadian GP.
In a brief statement, Red Bull chiefs said the meeting was ‘positive’ and ‘draws a line under the incident’, with the team now ‘fully focused’ on the return to Montreal. Vettel and Webber, meanwhile, apologised to the team and vowed to put Red Bull back on top in round eight.
“The team had got us into a great position and it wasn’t good for them what happened – so I’m sorry for them that we lost the lead of the race,” said Vettel. “Mark and I are racers, and we were racing. We are professionals and it won’t change how we will work together going forward.”
Webber echoed the promise to restore harmony within the camp, and clearly wanted to put the incident – and the fall-out from it – behind him.
“It’s a shame for the team, as we lost a good opportunity to win the race,” he said. “It’s sport and these things can happen, but it shouldn’t have done. I feel for everyone at Red Bull, at the factory and everyone involved. Seb and I will make sure it doesn’t happen again and will continue to work openly together, no problem. We have talked enough on it now, it’s done.”