F1 Throwback: Webber Takes a Savage Dig at Vettel While Praising Lewis Hamilton

January 12, 2021 3:25 pm

Lewis Hamilton has had no shortage of appreciation ever since he entered the world of Formula 1. One of the many entities that praised him back in the day was former Red Bull driver Mark Webber.

Driving in the 2012 F1 season, the pairing of Hamilton and Jenson Button looked like challengers to Red Bull. The defending Constructors’ champions, Red Bull, also had a strong racing partnership of Webber and Sebastian Vettel in their arsenal.

In a throwback video that is now doing the rounds on the internet, Button can be seen taking charge of being co-presenter in the company of former F1 driver David Coulthard. Guided by Hamilton in the broadcast control room, the ex-McLaren boys then got down to carrying out their work!

Mark Webber had a hilarious response to the original question posed by Lewis Hamilton

The clip initially shows Button accompanying Coulthard and talking in front of the McLaren team garage. After a few minutes, Webber came along to do his media duties per usual.

Button, doing his duties as a TV presenter, asked him, “What’s it like to work with the best driver in Formula 1?”

To which Webber brilliantly responded, “Haven’t worked with Lewis yet, have I?”

It stimulated laughter from Button and Coulthard, as well as Hamilton sitting back in the broadcast control room. Clearly, the Australian driver had hit two birds with one stone there!

Despite that high appraisal, the 2012 F1 season saw Vettel clinch his third Drivers’ title, beating Alonso and Raikkonen to the punch. His teammate Webber had to satisfy himself with sixth in the standings, winning two races in the process.

The Red Bull pairing had a solid rivalry on and off track during their golden period

Among the rivalries that have played out amongst teammates in the past decade or so, the Vettel-Webber one certainly sits right up there in the list. Their time at Red Bull together marked a period of sustained success for the team, with the latter playing an excellent supporting role.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Third placed Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing, first placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Scuderia Toro Rosso and second placed Heikki Kovalainen of Finland and McLaren Mercedes celebrate in parc ferme following qualifying for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

However, a few races’ results resulted in slight animosity between the pair and led to verbal battles off the track in their media interviews. The racing partnership eventually ended when Ricciardo replaced Webber in the team in 2014.

As F1 now heads into yet another new season in 2021, neither Webber nor Button will be racing in the competition. It will be interesting to see, though, how close Vettel can get to one of the ‘GOATs’ named Lewis Hamilton in the upcoming campaign.

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