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Webber makes peace with Red Bull

Mark Webber says he and Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel are united.
Mark Webber says he and Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel are united.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mark Webber makes peace with his Red Bull Formula One team
  • Webber was unhappy his team favored Sebastian Vettel in qualifying
  • Vettel was given the front wing from Webber's car
  • Webber went on to win the British Grand Prix with a dominant drive

(CNN) -- Mark Webber insists he has drawn a line under the bust-up he had with his Red Bull team before his flawless victory at the British Grand Prix.

Webber was incensed when his team decided to take the front wing off his car and hand it to teammate Sebastian Vettel during qualifying at Silverstone.

The Australian led from start to finish and after he took the checkered flag he was heard to say on his radio: "Not bad for a number two driver."

Webber subsequently said he would never have signed for Red Bull if he knew Vettel would be favored over him but now he says peace has broken out within the team.

"I know I have a very good driver as a teammate and I wouldn't want it any other way," Webber said on his official website. "Seb and I are not enemies, we're just two drivers that are pushing hard and want to do the best for ourselves and the team, it's as simple as that.

"My disappointment on Saturday after qualifying spilled over into Sunday, but it was simply due to the fact that I, along with every other driver on the grid, wanted the best possible chance of success.

Seb and I are not enemies, we're just two drivers that are pushing hard.
--Mark Webber, Red Bull
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"Formula One is a highly charged and fiercely competitive arena where emotions and adrenalin do run high from time to time like in many sports and my comment on the radio after the race was an example of Australian sarcasm -- either at its best or worst depending on how you choose to take it."

It is not the first time there has been strife within the Red Bull camp after Webber and Vettel collided at the Turkish Grand Prix when they were set for a one-two finish.

But after the front wing disagreement, Webber says the team have now settled on a strategy if a similar situation arises again.

He added: "Sebastian received the newer front wing for reasons which were not clearly explained to me until Saturday late afternoon.

"Obviously I can see why a team may at certain points have to favor a driver with more points in the championship, if there are only enough resources to fully support one of us.

"We've already debriefed the race weekend at the factory and have cleared the air. It's now understood that, should we face this unlikely dilemma again, preference will go to the championship points leader."

The row overshadowed what was another fine weekend for Red Bull as Webber closed the gap between himself and drivers' championship leader Lewis Hamilton, of McLaren, to 17 points.

He said: "The British Grand Prix was a wonderful result for myself and the team; however time moves fast and looking in the mirror for too long doesn't prepare us for Germany. We've moved on."