“How Big are Your B*lls Now?” – Webber Reveals Radio Exchange During Multi-21 Meltdown With Vettel

Published 05/21/2021, 12:03 PM EDT


Team orders can easily become a controversial topic of discussion whenever they are deployed and followed. But when they aren’t followed as per protocol? The situation then can become a real mess, as seen by the ‘Multi-21’ meltdown at Red Bull between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel at the Malaysian GP in 2013. And during that whole saga, Webber has revealed the crass language he used with his team principal, Christian Horner.

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The Australian former F1 driver appeared on the F1 Podcast ‘On the Marbles’ alongside David Coulthard. There he divulged on what he said to Horner on the radio as it unfolded –

“I was like, ‘What are we doing? This is such a mess.’ Here we are on each other. Actually I said to Christian, ‘How big are your ba*ls now?’ on the radio.”

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SOCHI, RUSSIA: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in a press conference during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool/Getty Images)

“He’s like (in a squeaky voice), ‘We have told him. We have told him.”

He may or may not have been attempting to make a mockery of his former team boss; we’ll leave that to your own judgment. But it tells you how bad the situation got there at Red Bull.

“So, I mean it was very, very close for both of us to destroy. I mean we nearly made contact obviously. It was a horrendous half an hour and highly embarrassing internally for all of us,” said Webber.

Horner had previously revealed the intentions of Sebastian Vettel for not following team orders

Vettel could have let Mark win the race and it would have been no trouble for Red Bull. But the German had some hangover left from the previous season, according to Horner –

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“Sebastian was fighting (Fernando) Alonso for the championship and Mark squeezed him up against the pit wall in Brazil in the championship decide. That ultimately resulted in (Vettel) getting turned around by Bruno Senna. Sebastian was hugely angry about that…

SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 02: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 2, 2009 in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“So then you’ve got a situation where Mark’s in the car ahead, Sebastian on new tyres in the car behind. The tyres were pretty fragile, we’re telling them ‘right, hold position’ … and Sebastian thought ‘f*** you.”

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Fortunately, the two of them are on much better terms these days. As for this incident, it will forever stay within the F1 folklore.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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