Mark Webber has played down suggestions his allocation of chassis for the British grand prix demonstrates he is not treated equally with his teammate.
After his Barcelona and Monaco-winning car was damaged in his spectacular Valencia crash, the Australian will drive ‘Luscious Liz’ at Silverstone — the chassis humorously named by Sebastian Vettel at the beginning of the season.
But after sub-standard performances in May, Vettel was given a new car in Turkey.
Red Bull has now repaired Luscious Liz.
“There was nothing wrong with it. It’s fine. It’s all we’ve got anyway,” Webber told reporters at the team’s Milton Keynes factory on Wednesday.
Also fully fit for this weekend’s race is the Australian himself, despite some minor injuries caused by his backflip crash with Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus.
“I had a bit of whiplash, and I bashed my right foot pretty hard on the top of the chassis,” he revealed.
“I knew straight away that I’d hit my big toe pretty hard (but) you could injure yourself more in your lounge room.”
Meanwhile, Webber made clear his opinion after Lotus technical boss blamed him for the Valencia crash.
When British reporter Byron Young, of the Mirror, virtually launched his car whilst driving the Red Bull simulator, Webber observed wryly: “You didn’t even have any shitboxes to avoid.”