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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Melbourne, Ford of Aus land
Webber gets angry...
Mark Webber gave a verbal lashing to Antonio Pizzonia during the week...read about it below.
I must say I have heard Webber had a bit of a 'mean streak', but had never witnessed it before.
Webber on a warning after swipe
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tuesday December 7 2004
Mark Webber has reportedly been reprimanded by his new formula one team, Williams, over his harsh words towards potential teammate Antonio Pizzonia.
London: Under the headline "Williams suffer fresh bout of road rage", London's The Guardian said that Williams "is understood to have issued Webber with a verbal reprimand and suggested he moderates his views - in public, at least".
The Australian had taken umbrage at Pizzonia for claiming Webber was given preferential treatment by Jaguar Racing when they were teammates in 2003. "He knows he has been telling lies," Webber told Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport last week.
"He says the car was different from mine? It's bullshit but if he really thinks so, he's a loser. The truth is Antonio was fast in testing but couldn't do as well in races."
The Guardian suggested Webber's comments would have come as a disappointment to team owner Frank Williams.
"If Williams hoped a complete change of drivers for 2005 would eradicate the tensions that raged so publicly between Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya last season, the British team principal appears mistaken," the newspaper said.
"Only a matter of days into the Williams testing program, new recruit Mark Webber has already been warned to lay off his criticism of Pizzonia."
Brazilian Pizzonia has been popular and highly regarded by Williams chiefs and is the favourite to fill the vacancy in the race team alongside Webber next season, starting at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on the first weekend of March.
With top British driver Jenson Button prevented from joining Williams from BAR-Honda, and youngster Anthony Davidson denied the opportunity to even trial for Williams, the fight for the vacant seat is between Pizzonia and German Nick Heidfeld.
Williams may not decide who will be Webber's teammate until early in the new year.
Pizzonia drove four GPs for Williams this year as a substitute when Ralf Schumacher was injured and Webber conceded he had done quite well, but said there was little pressure in such a situation.
Meanwhile, Britain's David Coulthard says he will be back in formula one next year, hinting that a move to the Red Bull Racing team is imminent.
"I'm going to be on the grid in formula one and we just need to put everything in order before making the announcement," the 33-year-old Scot told Eurosport television.
Coulthard has been replaced at McLaren by Colombian Montoya and has yet to find a new employer.
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