Well, make no mistake, that was the idea.
In the review of the race on his official website, Webber is straight-forward about his dash to be fastest: â€œI couldnâ€™t let Seb take the triple crown, could I?”
The quotation is even highlighted a bit. Here’s the full context:
For the remainder of the race, Mark and Sebastian were never more than a couple of seconds apart and they traded fastest laps â€“ a battle that Mark won on the final lap (â€œI couldnâ€™t let Seb take the triple crown, could I?â€). In the closing laps they were able to wind down their engines, but both drivers had to keep pushing to remain clear of Alonso.
I wonder how Seb will feel about that.
While we’re at his site, here’s the rest of the quotes from Webber:
â€œIt was a good day at the office,â€ says Mark. â€œYou always want to win, but second was okay. The difference between Seb and I this weekend was the half-tenth that separated us in qualifying; that gave him track position at the start of the race, on a circuit where itâ€™s very difficult to overtake.
â€œI completed one installation lap on Saturday,â€ says Mark. â€œIt was immediately apparent that the track conditions were too treacherous for F1 cars. To do nothing for a whole day of a grand prix weekend felt a bit odd; it reminded me of testing in the early â€™00s and it made me quite glad that weâ€™re no longer allowed to test during the season!â€
â€œRobert made an absolute scorcher of a start,â€ says Mark. â€œHe cannoned out of the blocks and was through. Luckily he retired a few laps later, while we were behind the Safety Car. His Renault was very quick in a straight-line and it would have been difficult to pass him on the track.â€
â€œFernando got a bit closer in the last few laps,â€ says Mark, â€œbut I had him covered. To be honest, it was a formation finish for Red Bull Racing from about lap nine. We pushed all the way, but Seb and I were so evenly matched that I needed him to make a mistake in order to pass. He didnâ€™t give me that opportunity.â€
â€œThe RB6 is the best racing car Iâ€™ve ever driven,â€ says Mark. â€œIt was nice to celebrate Red Bullâ€™s third one-two of the season with Adrian. I hope he felt the trip here was worthwhile!â€
â€œItâ€™s always fun to go to a new track,â€ says Mark. â€œItâ€™s something different for everyone, but donâ€™t expect its newness to shake up the order. The drivers in F1 are all very good and it will take only a few laps to learn.â€
That last bit is one time when Mark’s no BS attitude actually works against fans. It would be a lot more exciting if we could be made to believe that Korea might throw something unusual our way.