Red Bull’s F1 chiefs on Sunday backed Sebastian Vettel after the young German’s crash with teammate Mark Webber in the Turkish grand prix.
Australian Webber said the sister RB6 turned into him during the overtaking manoeuvre, but team advisor Helmut Marko pointed a clear finger of blame at the 33-year-old and his race engineer Ciaron Pilbeam.
“Webber was slower and Vettel had immense pressure from Hamilton,” Marko said on German television RTL.
“Unfortunately, Mark was not told about the situation accurately by his race engineer,” he explained.
But Marko was also critical of Webber’s behaviour.
“He had radioed the pits to say he was slower on the straights (than Vettel). He knew the situation and had just been informed about the pressure Hamilton was putting on (Vettel).
“Vettel was so much faster than he had to pass. If Webber and he had braked together, then Hamilton would have passed Vettel,” said Marko.
Initially, team boss Christian Horner had indicated he was angry at both drivers, but eventually it was Webber who took the blame.
“It looks as though he didn’t leave Sebastian enough space. It was very clear he (Vettel) was by his side and in front. But I still have to speak with both of them,” said the Briton.