Mark Webber Apologises: Was He Focusing Too Much On Button-Hamilton?

Antony Herbert@LeeUwishWritingAnalyst IIIJuly 16, 2010

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11:  Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 11, 2010, in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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A few days ago I remarked upon how the frictions between Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button seemed more fabricated.

They appeared to be a controversial rumour as opposed to hardcore truth.
Voices from within the sport commented on the situation. Some of these just increased the media coverage on the supposed debacle.

One of those who aided the media in portraying a tense rivalry was Red Bull's Mark Webber. Alongside former World Champion Damon Hill he played up the tensions, forcing the gullible out there to watch with anticipation.

Many were expecting fireworks. Yet no one got any.

I can't help but wonder though whether this was simply just to hide Mark Webber's own lack of team substance.

Essentially the question to pose is, was he really just displacing the attention from his own loss of cohesion at Red Bull?

The Red Bull team has seemed like a tight knit family in previous seasons.

David Coulthard heralded their entrance into the sport. He spearheaded their campaign and gained the teams first podium.

On his exit Webber took to the forefront and was soon joined by Sebastien Vettel.
Whilst the team were on the up as a partnership the two co-existed together effectively.

Then came a car that could do things. Beneath them Webber and Vettel had a machine capable of not only victories but also titles.

With Webber's renewed appearance of pace, and Vettel's immediate urgency the team were seemingly onto a winner.

Yet mistakes crept in and culminated with THAT collision in Turkey. A stark reminder of what can happen if two drivers do not work as a team was given.

Since that moment the heat has been well and truly on. An outburst was imminent, the intensity was simmering and almost reaching boiling point.

To be honest, I actually thought the behaviour of Mark Webber's mechanics in the aftermath of the British Grand Prix was humorous. To a certain extent also Webber's comments were justified.

If one driver has a body part taken away to give to his rival team mate what else can they think besides, why am "I" not able to use this?

In the end the last laugh went to Webber but he has since voiced his intentions to clear the air. The increased volume of thin ice being walked upon is to be resolved.

The two drivers seem level headed enough to make this happen. Mark Webber certainly exerts the maturity required to move on to bigger and better things.

The Australian actually looks in a better position to challenge for the title. For a driver who has always been a solid performer in an average car this would be a pleasant and deserving outcome.

Yet what Webber must also remember is to look at himself first and others second. Before making judgements elsewhere he must consider what is more important to his performance.

It was never Hamilton and Button he should have been commenting on; it was himself and Sebastien Vettel.

Definitely in hindsight we can see that the rumoured downfall at Mclaren was partly a trick to divide our spectacle and opinion.

Now we know that Button and Hamilton can work efficiently as a team the talk of a fall out should disappear. The racing itself will be left to take centre stage.