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Webber clears the air



31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Newly crowned Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel said he and team-mate Mark Webber have buried the hatchet after a turbulent season.

Despite being on the same team, Vettel and Webber have been fierce rivals this season, so much so that their tense relationship threatened to disrupt Red Bull's title push.

But after Vettel claimed his maiden world championship at Abu Dhabi, at the expense of Webber and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the 23-year-old German said he and his team-mate had cleared the air.

"He came to congratulate me (after the race) and showed me a lot of respect which was one of the most important things that happened," Vettel said.

"We talked about some things that got in our way a little bit this year."

"When everything cooled down a bit we had the chance to talk to each other."

There were a number of incidents throughout the season which built the tension between Webber and Vettel.

The German took Webber out when trying to pass him for the lead at the Turkish Grand Prix, while Webber publicly accused his team of favouritism towards Vettel and said Red Bull were not supporting him emotionally.

Webber led Vettel by seven points going into the final race but couldn't maintain that lead finishing third overall in the title standings.

But despite his disappointing finish to the season, Webber's stance towards his team-mate appears to have mellowed, with the Australian already committing to Red Bull for next season.

"I'm still pretty raw at the moment," Webber said. "I'm feeling a bit low but that's inevitable with sport, you put a lot into it and you don't quite get the absolute fairytale result."

"It is very, very good what he (Vettel) has done and in the age that he's done it, it's impressive."

"He fully deserves the championship this year, there's no question about that."

"He's a talent in Formula One for a long time to come, so long as he keeps his feet on the deck which I'm sure he will do. It should be a great career for him."

"In the end there's parts of the season that I'm still incredibly proud of and I'm looking forward to it again next year."

"I'll be getting away from photographers and press and even personnel here for a while."

"You have to go away and recharge and that's when the normal desire starts to fire up again."

"When you get the desire and motivation to come back and compete that's the most important thing."

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