Mark Webber has revealed that he warned Sebastian Vettel about his autobiography before it went to press.
Webber gave a vivid account of his tumultuous relationship with former Red Bull teammate in his book, Aussie Grit: My Formula One Journey. Aware that Vettel might have something to say about the content of the book, Webber spoke to the German before it got published.
“I did, yeah,” Webber told BT Sport. “So I rang him up - he was racing at the Monaco Grand Prix and I wasn’t staying too far away - and I said: ‘Look, I want to come down and if you’ve got ten minutes I just want to run a few things past you.’ And he said: ‘Yeah, no worries’. So I went down I think it was like an hour and a half later.
“He said that he has changed and improved as well. He was young at the time. Look, we all do things at parts of our careers where we could have maybe handled or done differently throughout [due to] that inexperience or naivety or emotions.”
“That happens in top line sport, business or whatever it is. So we went through some tough periods and Seb said: ‘Look, I fully expect sections of the book where you are probably going to tee off on me’.”
After matters reached its head with the infamous ‘Multi-21’ incident in Malaysia 2013, Webber quit Formula 1 altogether, joining Porsche for his latest assault in sportscar racing. The move paid dividends, with the Australian winning the WEC drivers’ title this year with teammates Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard.
by Rachit Thukral