Zeenews Sports Bureau
Sydney: Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber will compete in next month’s Chinese GP. The doubts surrounding the Red Bull ace’s future in Formula One were dismissed by his father.
Webber showcased an impressive performance at the Malaysian GP, leading for the major part. In the finishing stages, team-mate and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, disobeyed orders from the team to hold their positions till the chequered flag. Vettel overtook Webber in the last lap, a risky manoeuvre which nearly resulted in a crash.
Webber showed signs of dejection after the race, at the podium and the press conference. There were speculations that he had returned home to Australia, to think over his future in the sport.
His father however, cleared the doubts and said that his son will compete in the Chinese GP scheduled to be held on April 16th.
"We`ll be up in China for the next one," he was quoted as saying in media reports.
Webber’s father and family have accepted Vettel’s apology, but said that it’s difficult to put things behind and repair the damaged relationship between the two.
"I think it will take a while to earn the respect and trust again," he said.
Team Red Bull also voiced their displeasure at Vettel’s denial of orders saying, "Sebastian disobeyed team orders and most, if not all the team, are disappointed with him. Up and down pit lane, Mark has not lost any credibility at all. It`s probably Sebastian who has lost an awful lot."
Vettel has been involved in a crash with Mark Webber in the past as well. He crashed into Webber’s car in the 2010 Turkish GP, finishing the Australian’s chances of victory.
Sebastian leads the drivers` championship on 40 points followed by Raikkonen at second on 31 points, with Webber third on 26. Red Bull lead the constructor’s championship table at 66 points.