Mark Webber gave more ‘grey hair’ to Christian Horner than Sebastian Vettel

Somin Bhattacharjee
|Published 20/12/2022

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel had a very strained relationship during their time together as teammates at Red Bull. The former showed glimpses of brilliance but was majorly outperformed by Vettel during his stint. However, a lot of times, Webber felt that he was not being fairly treated by Christian Horner and Red Bull.

During a recent interview involving Vettel, Horner, and even Max Verstappen, the interviewer asked the Red Bull team principal about the rivalry between his two former drivers. He asked who gave him more ‘grey hair’, and Horner didn’t hesitate in revealing that it was Webber. The 49-year-old said this with a smirk, and it made Vettel and Verstappen laugh too.

Webber competed in F1 from 2002 to 2013, winning 9 races during his time in the sport. His most successful spell, however, was with Red Bull. However, the relationship between the two parties was completely spoiled due to his rivalry with Vettel.

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How relationship between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber was completely damaged

Webber was in the mix for the 2010 Drivers’ Championship Title and was actually ahead of Vettel heading into that year’s season finale. Unfortunately for the Aussie, things did not go his way that year, and not only did Vettel win the Title in 2010, but he also won it the next three years as well. This resulted in the animosity between them growing, and it peaked during the famous ‘multi 21‘ incident at the 2013 Malaysian GP.

Webber was leading the race in Sepang, with his teammate behind him. Red Bull instructed them to hold positions but the German driver disobeyed orders and ended up winning the Grand Prix. After the race, Webber publicly accused Red Bull of giving Vettel ‘special treatment’, and it permanently damaged the relationship between them.

At the end of that year, he left F1 to compete in other racing ventures. Webber made a return to endurance racing with Porsche and won the World Endurance Championship in 2015. Vettel meanwhile, retired from F1 only this year, with the 2022 Abu Dhabi GP being his last ever race.

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Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee

Somin Bhattacharjee is an F1 writer at The SportsRush. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and aims to work in the sports industry for the rest of his life. Somin has been a fan of Scuderia Ferrari since 2010 and his favorite driver is none another than the great Fernando Alonso. Other than longing for a Ferrari Championship win once again, Somin spends his free time playing football and basketball.

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