Mark Webber takes aim at Vettel on Top Gear

STEPHEN OTLEY
Last updated 19:08 06/08/2013
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MARK WEBBER: "Am I going to miss Seb? Um, probably not a huge amount."

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Mark Webber has revealed he is faster than his soon-to-be-ex-Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel, and opened up on their fractious relationship in a candid interview on the season finale of Top Gear.

The Australian formula one star was blunt when asked about his feeling towards his German teammate by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.

"Am I going to miss Seb? Um, probably not a huge amount." Webber said.

Clarkson followed up by asking if he had ever wanted to punch Vettel, and the Aussie gave a typically sharp response.

"My dad always says you shouldn't hit boys," Webber said with a smile.

The pair have had a difficult relationship throughout their careers, igniting before they became teammates at Red Bull's F1 team in 2010.

In 2007 Vettel, driving for Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso, crashed Webber out of the Japanese Grand Prix when the Australian looked set for his maiden victory.

"That's kids isn't it? Kids with not enough experience and they f*** it up for you," Webber said at the time.

The pair then clashed again, this time as Red Bull Racing teammates, at the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix. Although team management tried to claim the pair had resolved their differences soon after the incident, it quickly became clear they hadn't.

The tension rose to the surface again at this year's Malaysian Grand Prix, when Vettel ignored team orders and stole victory from Webber.

The feud hasn't been helped by Vettel's close relationship with Helmut Marko, who is in charge of Red Bull's motorsport investment but not the F1 team, and has publicly criticised Webber on several occasions.

But Webber is known to have a good relationship with Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz and will remain part of the energy drink's league of athletes when he returns to racing Le Mans-type sportscars next year with Porsche.

Webber got the one up on Vettel on Top Gear though, beating the German's lap time in the show's 'Star in a reasonably priced car' segment.

Although he didn't beat Lewis Hamilton's record time of 1:42.9 seconds, Webber went second fastest with a time of 1:43.1 seconds - comfortably faster than Vettel's 1:44.0 seconds. 

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