David Coulthard has explained how Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber spent an hour together in order to talk over the events of the 2010 season shortly after the German clinched his maiden Formula 1 title in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Having shot from third in the drivers’ standings to lead for the first time, Vettel becomes the sport’s youngest ever title winner as Australian team-mate Webber plummets from the runner-up spot to third in this season’s final order.
“Anyone who says that Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber do not respect each other, or that they are not on speaking terms, has not been privy to the scenes that I have witnessed over the past 36 hours,” Scotland’s Coulthard, a Red Bull driver between 2005 and 2008, said in his column for The Daily Telegraph.
“Like a couple of boxers who indulge in pre-match trash talk, produce an epic 12-round slugfest and then embrace afterwards, it has been fascinating to witness at first-hand their raw emotions since Sunday night.
“Sebastian is on cloud nine; stunned. Since taking the checkered flag in Abu Dhabi to become F1’s youngest World Champion, his life has changed beyond all recognition. He doesn’t even realize it yet. But in the midst of the madness he has also been impressively sensitive to his team-mate’s feelings.
“Mark, who lost out on the final day, is on the canvas at the moment and Seb is fully aware that without him he would not be where he is.
“I know they spent a whole hour after the race in the drivers’ room on Sunday night talking it all over, which from Sebastian’s perspective is quite a thing when you have just won the World Championship and everyone is outside getting drunk.
“I have no doubt Sebastian will take it all in his stride. Like Jenson Button before him, he will be a great ambassador for the sport.”
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