Webber’s Wheel gets a mind of its own

14 Apr

So today was the Chinese GP, and after the ridiculous drama of qualifying, everyone hoped that the race would be a better spectacle.

Better may not have been the word we were looking for.

The start wasn’t spectacular, but then in a race where it was all going to be about strategy, the start never was going to be the most exciting. It did get better a few laps in when Esteban Gutierrez decided that he was going to go kamikaze down the back straight and drive over the Force India of Adrian Sutil. How Sutil then managed to get back to the pits with half a front wing was impressive to say the least.

It’s just a shame his car decided to catch fire afterwards.

A fantastic battle of strategy throughout the latter end of the race saw Mclaren get it right (for once), and Jenson Button ended in a season high of 5th place, having started 8th. Strategy also worked out for Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, who stormed to first and second respectively. Lewis Hamilton had to fight off a surging charge to deny Sebastian Vettel a podium, which delighted everybody that has a functioning brain.

No, the main talking point, once again, was a certain Mark Webber. After a disastrous qualifying where Red Bull forgot to put enough fuel in the car, the FIA then decided that it was his fault, and sent him to the back of the grid. No worries, after starting on the medium tyre Webber quite literally smashed his way through the pack, taking out the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne along the way.

You could forgive him for wanting to try and take Vettel out of the race, but either he has extremely poor eyesight, or he really did make a massive mistake. Either way, it earned him a 3 place grid penalty for Bahrain.

*CONSPIRACY THEORY ALERT* Now comes the best bit. After pulling into the pits for a change of tyres etc, the Red Bull mechanics decided they were going to be nice and forget to screw on one of the tyres properly. Webber, being more focused on driving, didn’t realise until half way down the back straight, where he decided to go nice and slowly down to the hairpin, before his wheel actually fell off, and almost careered straight into the path of a certain Mr Vettel.

Now there is two ways you can look at this. 1) The Red Bull mechanics are Dietrich Mateschitz and Helmut Marko’s puppets and purposefully failed to attach Webber’s wheel as a ploy to get him out of the race, as he was catching Vettel, or 2) The mechanics are on Webber’s side, and purposefully made the wheel fall off so it could hit Vettel, which it very almost did.

I’m not sure which one it is, but it’s certainly one of them. I don’t believe in coincidences.


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