Whole lotta Bull thrown around

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel looked as about as comfortable as rabbits in a fox den Thursday when the subject of their wreck two weeks ago at Istanbul was brought up.

What happened at the Turkish Grand Prix -- when Webber had a sure victory snatched from him when he became entangled with his Red Bull teammate -- obviously was not a subject either driver wanted to talk about.

Webber, with a freshly signed contract extension in his back pocket, tried to dismiss that there were any lingering hard feelings between him and Vettel.

"I'm cool, absolutely fine," he said in a team-arranged media scrum to promote Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. "I'm totally over it and ready to go this weekend. I'm looking forward to getting back on the track."

Webber admitted, however, that he sought and got a meeting with Vettel and team official Helmut Marko -- who had blamed Webber for the crash -- to "clear the air" after the incident in Istanbul.

"I had a good chat with Helmut at the factory," Australian native Webber said. "He brought (Vettel) along, he speaks the language, all those type of things, so you can expect a bit of emotional support that way. But I'm fine with that."

Reading between the lines, what Webber was really saying was that Austrian-based Red Bull, Marko and Vettel have a history and he expected that Marko would side with his German-speaking driver.

Later in the interview session, Webber said that in the wake of the meeting with Marko and Vettel he now feels more comfortable with his place on the Red Bull team.

"Look, I'm bloody comfortable in the team, and have been since I arrived," he said. "When Seb arrived there was some nice momentum, a young, new charge and all that sort of stuff, which was good."

Vettel, meanwhile, said that the whole thing has distracted him from his goal of winning the world championship.

He just wished it would all go away.

"What happened was bad for both of us, but the most important thing is to move on," Vettel said. "To be honest, F-1 is not about yesterday, it's about tomorrow. I don't want to spend much time talking about what happened. It's important to understand what happened and that's why we met and talked about it."

But the 22-year-old German refused to take any responsibility for the gaffe that not only cost Red Bull a 1-2 finish, but handed rival McLaren the top two spots on the Turkish podium.

But one thing is certain, and that is on Sunday the racers are likely to give one another a wide berth on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's 15-turn 4.361 km street course.


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