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Saturday 19 April 2014

Webber claims reports of Red Bull reconciliation "rubbish"

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (R) and team mate Mark Webber stand on the winners podium after the Malaysian Grand Prix

Mark Webber has dismissed reports quoting him as saying he has suddenly developed "a great camaraderie" with Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel.

Webber and Vettel's relationship reached its nadir after last month's Malaysian Grand Prix when the triple world champion controversially grabbed victory.

Vettel deliberately ignored instruction from team principal Christian Horner not to pass Webber over the closing stages of the race at the Sepang International Circuit due to fears over tyre wear.

It was the latest in a long line of incidents involving the feuding duo, not least was their on-track collision in the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix.

Despite that, Webber was quoted over the weekend as saying he and Vettel "would continue to respect each other and will continue to remain focused in wanting to make the team proud".

The 36-year-old Australian, in particular, added that: "Sebastian and I are a team and we share a great camaraderie".

Webber, however, has since taken to his Twitter account, believing some mischief-making has taken place.

Webber wrote: "Some rubbish quotes floating around I hear, good old spin job my someone...£outofdatequotes."

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