Jul.15 (GMM) According to Jos Verstappen, Red Bull Racing escaped mildly with Mark Webber’s reaction to the front wing saga at Silverstone.
The former grand prix driver, who was once Michael Schumacher’s number two teammate at Benetton, said he would have been furious if the wing on his car had been given to his teammate shortly before qualifying.
“Mark felt poorly treated by the team leadership, and I can fully understand his anger,” Verstappen wrote in his column for the De Telegraaf newspaper.
“By doing this, the management was asking for trouble.
“I honestly don’t know how I would have reacted in Webber’s shoes. I probably would have trodden on the wing; if I’m not allowed to use it, then neither can he,” said the former Arrows and Minardi driver.
Actually, Australian Webber reacted by declaring on the radio – heard by millions of live television viewers – that his Silverstone win was “not bad for a number two driver”.
“It gave a clear indication that the limit had been passed,” Verstappen continued.
“And he obviously knew that a comment like that would have much more impact than if he had taken up the issue only internally.”