Sebastian Vettel seeks revenge over Mark Webber on home turf when they resume their fierce Red Bull rivalry at the German Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.
Webber won the German GP last year (at the Nuerburgring) and, more importantly, the last race on July 11 in Silverstone in what he said was in an inferior car.
“Not bad for a number two driver,” said Webber via team radio after crossing the finish line.
Webber won although he saw the only new front wing dismantled from his car and given to Vettel, who finished outside the podium in the British race. The Australian lamented preferential treatment for his German team-mate again, and Vettel was not amused.
Red Bull team officials insist there is no team order and no gagging order either after the latest war of words, but everyone will be hoping that the dust will settle in order not to jeopardise the championship ambitions of the team and the drivers.
“We must concentrate on getting everything right in the remaining races. Then everything is possible,” said Vettel.
The McLaren duo of 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton and title holder Jenson Button lead the standings after 10 of 19 races with 145 and 133 points, respectively. Webber has 128 and Vettel 121.
Vettel will be the top attraction at Hockenheim, which had some financial difficulties to stage the race. Huge crowds are expected all through the weekend.
“Home races are always special,” said Vettel. “Unfortunately I have to share it with five others.” After all, Germany has six drivers this season, but the attention will centre on Vettel and on the return of Michael Schumacher.
“No matter how long you are around, it is always something different to race in front of your home crowd,” said Schumacher, who also pointed out some unique characteristics of the 4.574—kilometres track.