Mark Webber shows anger at latest team orders

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The subject of team orders is a volatile one within the world of Formula One. The latest controversy surrounding them has left Red Bull's Mark Webber extremely frustrated...

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The Australian driver has spoken out publicly about his outrage at the events that transpired over the weekend during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

His anger stemmed from orders he received from his team, which directed Webber not to attempt to pass his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel on the final lap of the race. Webber was told to “maintain the gap” via his radio.

The orders did not go down well with Webber, who said that he was “not fine with it” in an interview he gave after the race at Silverstone; he also added that he did not pay any attention to the orders that he received.

"[If] Fernando [Alonso] retires on the last lap, we're battling for victory.” said Webber.

"Of course I ignored the team and I was battling to the end. I was trying to do my best with the amount of conversation on the radio.

"I wasn't doing much talking back, but I got a lot of messages coming my way, but I was trying to the end." added the Australian driver.

The events have further fuelled criticism directed at Webber which brand him as Red Bull's 'Number Two Driver' – a title that he strongly refutes.

Despite the uproar, Red Bull's team principal Christian Horner has defended the orders, saying: Mark is not out of the championship race but we could not afford to risk losing points. Mark should be fine with that, he is a team player. Second and third is a very strong result."

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