Webber escapes penalty for ‘brake test’

Sat, 9 June 2007, 05:08

Mark Webber has escaped penalty after stewards looked into Scott Speed’s allegation on Friday that he was ‘braked tested’ by the Australian driver in Montreal.

The specialist publication Auto Motor und Sport described the stewards’ decision at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as akin to “shutting both your eyes”, after the clash left both Speed’s Toro Rosso and Webber’s similar Red Bull damaged.

Even RBR’s team boss Christian Horner is quoted as saying that Webber, who is a director of the safety-oriented Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, must have reacted badly to a dose of “adrenaline” after thinking Speed had driven recklessly in the closing minutes of the afternoon practice session.

Horner said: “The impact damaged the rear wing and the underbody, and we only have one spare (underbody) here.

“If the new one is broken on Saturday morning, then we would have to wait until Sunday morning, when a new spare one arrives.”

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