Really? If those extra points prove vital for Vettel at the end of the season, securing him a fourth consecutive world title, he will not be sorry at all. Not even if the long-term cost is a toxic relationship with Webber and damage to his reputation as a likeable, easy-going chap who enjoys a laugh and the movies of Monty Python.
Vettel’s nickname in F1 is “Baby Schumi,” after Michael Schumacher. How apt, because he showed this weekend that he is as hard-nosed on the track as the now retired seven-time world champion used to be.
Perhaps one reason Webber will never be a multiple world champion like those Germans is that he is too nice. On lap 46, when Vettel was on his shoulder rounding turn four, Webber could have met aggression with aggression and made his teammate back off by veering left and squeezing Vettel toward the grass. Instead, Webber appeared to give way.
Hard to imagine Vettel doing that in the same situation.