Vettel skipped Webber's European farewell party

© F1 Pulse, 13 September 2013
© Paul Gilham/Getty Images/Red Bull Racing

The Italian Grand Prix was the final European round of the current season and more significantly Mark Webber’s last Formula 1 race in the continent.

Frank Williams greets Webber at the farewell party © Mark Thompson/Getty Images/Red Bull Racing

To mark the occasion, Red Bull hosted a farewell for the Australian, who will be racing sportscars next year, in the team’s motorhome on Friday at Monza but the celebrations had one notable absentee.

Sebastian Vettel skipped the farewell party, attended by several other drivers and F1 team personnel, with the German sitting in the floor below playing with his iPhone, according to the Bild.

The relationship between the Red Bull teammates, which has its own torrid history, soured significantly after the episode at the Malaysian GP earlier this year, with the two rarely seen in the paddock talking to each other since.

Webber has been avoiding taking part in the celebrations and team photos that Red Bull conducts after its driver wins a race. Vettel’s first win of the season was in Malaysia, where the photo call was dropped due to the tension emerging between the two, following which Webber skipped the the photo sessions for the German’s next four wins.

In Monza, however, Webber was present for the photo call, as it was his best result at the Italian GP and his final European F1 race.


Vettel and Webber during the Monza photo call © AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati

In 11 previous attempts, Webber had never qualified on the front row in Italy and had never featured on the podium either, both of which he managed to achieve during the weekend.

He qualified second and finished third, his best result at the high-speed track, improving upon the sixth place that he had recorded in 2010.

This was a particularly welcome result as in his last four appearances there, Webber had retired thrice.

Vettel, meanwhile, won the race from pole position but was greeted with boos from the Ferrari fans on the podium. It has now emerged as a trend to jeer the Red Bull driver as fans are not only unhappy with him constantly winning races and championships, but also for stealing the win in Sepang.


There was only one way to ensure that tifosi don’t boo him the next time, according to Michael Schumacher.

"I was not loved by the Italians first," Schumacher told the Bild. "To earn that, you to wear the red suit."

© Mark Thompson/Getty Images/Red Bull Racing

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