Sebastian Vettel took out honours at the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday, but it was Red Bull teammate Mark Webber shooting off the sound bites.
Webber was furious after the race, calling rival Romain Grosjean a “nutcase” after some ambitious driving from the Frenchman forced the Australian effectively out of contention.
Webber started second on the grid, but was forced back to 22nd after the first turn when Grosjean shunted the Red Bull driver, forcing him into a pit stop.
Grosjean, who had previously received a one-match ban for a first-corner crash in Belgium, was rewarded with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for his efforts.
Webber drove himself back into ninth place, but that didn’t make him any happier.
"I haven't obviously seen what happened at the start, but the guys confirmed that it was the first-lap nutcase again – Grosjean," Webber said after the race.
"The rest of us are trying to fight for some decent results each weekend, but he is trying to get to the third corner as fast as he can at every race.
"It makes it frustrating because a few big guys probably suffered from that and maybe he needs another holiday.
"He needs to have a look at himself. It was completely his fault. How many mistakes can you make? How many times can you make the same error? First-lap incidents … yeah … it's quite embarrassing at this level for him."
The 26-year-old Grosjean later admitted it was a stupid crash and that he was trying to avoid contact.
Vettel’s win cuts Fernando Alonso’s lead at the top of the F1 leader board down to four points. Alonso also had a rough first lap; he span out on the same first turn.
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