Webber hints at retirement

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel keep their distance on the podium in Malaysia
Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel keep their distance on the podium in Malaysia
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Mark Webber admitted he thought about retirement as he watched team-mate Sebastian Vettel ignore team orders to win in Malaysia.

The Australian cut a dejected figure on the podium as the three-time world champion celebrated his victory in Kuala Lumpur.

Vettel’s overtaking manoeuvre came after team boss Christian Horner ordered the German to follow Webber home for a comfortable 1-2 finish for the Tilbrook team.

But by ignoring the order and snatching the victory 10 laps from the end, Vettel has made Webber consider his future at Red Bull Racing.

He said: “Let’s just say there were a lot of things going through my mind in the last 15 laps of the Grand Prix, lots of different reasons, not just from [the race] but also from the past.

“We’ll see what happens. We’ve got three weeks before the next race.”

Horner moved quickly to dispel any chance that Webber could retire from the sport, saying the team was guiding him to victory, but Vettel took matters into his own hands.

“The team’s position was clear,” Horner said. “Mark knows the team didn’t manipulate anything, there was no conspiracy, so why he needs to be thinking about his future is just pure emotion.

“We’ve conducted a de-brief and I’ve spoken to both drivers. Sebastian has apologised to both Mark and the team.”

Both Red Bull and Vettel lead the way in the early championship standings after two rounds.