Webber, who had turned the engine down and was looking after his car with a little over ten laps to go, was visibly furious after the race.
“Multi twenty-one, Seb, multi twenty-one!” Webber said to Vettel as the drivers were getting ready to go out onto the podium, probably Red Bull code for turn down the engine and bring the car home.
Webber’s frustration wiped the smile off Vettel’s face and the reigning world champion later apologised to his teammate.
“I think we should have stayed in the positions that we were. I didn’t ignore it on purpose but I messed up in that situation and obviously took the lead which, I can see now he’s upset, but yeah, I want to be honest at least and stick to the truth and apologise,” Vettel said.
This is not the first time tensions between Webber and Vettel have come to a head. The two famously collided in the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix while running first and second.
That same year Webber won the British Grand Prix and came on the radio to say, “Not bad for a number two driver” after a new front wing was taken off Webber’s car and given to Vettel when the German had wrecked his own in practice.
“Let’s just say there were a lot of things going through my mind in the last 15 laps of the Grand Prix, lots of different reasons, not just from today but also from the past,” Webber said.