Webber: Emotions run high on podium

Mark Webber believes any driver on the podium is treading a fine line between keeping their comments clean and turning the air blue.

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber

Last week the FIA issued a friendly letter to all 12 teams calling on them to remind their drivers of their responsibilities when being interviewed live post race, a new concept introduced earlier this season.

Following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, winner Kimi Raikkonen and third-placed Sebastian Vettel both used expletives during their interview on the podium with former driver David Coulthard.

Vettel later issued an apology on his website, and again said sorry yesterday [Thursday] for his gaffe, even though he feels it is a case of 'much ado about nothing'.

Ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix, Vettel said: "If you're sensitive you should watch some kids' programme. You have the remote control in your hand so you can choose.

"It wasn't intentional at the last race. It's a bit unnecessary to create such a big fuss.

"But anyway, if I said some things that weren't appropriate then I apologise. There's not a lot I have to do differently to succeed in that regard."

The FIA pointed out in their letter that footballers and boxers do not resort to swearing after a match or a bout, so a driver should also be able to refrain.

It could be argued neither footballers nor boxers participate in sports where their heart rates are a constant 180 beats per minute for an hour and a half.

Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Webber said: "With regard to drivers being interviewed on the podium, I am 50-50 on that.

"For swearing, that is never going to go away. It will always never be far away.

"It's difficult to control your emotions because you're full of adrenaline, you're excited. In general, you have just had an incredible grand prix.

"Sometimes you might not use the right language, but now we have to be mindful of that, just another part of the weekend where you have to keep an eye on things."

Webber feels there are certain aspects of the new podium format that are far from his liking, adding: "I certainly wasn't impressed in Silverstone (following his British Grand Prix win).

"There were a thousand dignitaries up there. The podium should be for the drivers, no one else.

"It should be a clear shot of the drivers' celebrating and what they have achieved, not having everyone stand in front and having their five minutes."

With some course language of his own, he added: "That p***** me off.

"Apart from that you also need real flags. The electronic flags look rubbish. You need real flags waving in the wind."



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