Mark Webber plans to sit down with Sebastian Vettel for clear-the-air talks before the next race in Canada in a bid to ensure they can move on from their Turkish Grand Prix crash.
The Red Bull Racing collision in Istanbul on Sunday remains the big talking point in Formula 1 – and title rival McLaren is even hoping the problems at the team can help its own championship ambitions.
Webber wants to ensure that he and Vettel do not allow the situation to spiral out of control, and he has vowed to get together with the German to try and get their issues out into the open.
"Seb and I will sit down and have a chat about it because we need to avoid costly slip-ups like this in the future," Webber wrote in his exclusive column in the Australian Daily Telegraph. "We'll probably have a difference of opinion about what happened on Sunday [night] until we go to our graves, but we're both adults and we need to find a way of racing together that doesn't compromise the team.
"If we'd been fighting for 18th and 19th positions when this accident occurred, no one would have cared; as it was, we were fighting for the lead and it's all anyone wants to know about."
Two days after the crash, and with some Red Bull Racing factions still blaming Webber for the incident, the Australian is adamant that he did nothing out of the ordinary in trying to fight Vettel.
"Vettel had a bit of a top-speed advantage and I could see him coming down my inside as we approached Turn 12 at Istanbul Park," he added. "We were fighting for the lead, so I stayed tight to ensure he'd be on the dirty side of the track as we approached the braking area. I was holding my line and he came across on me.
"We made contact; it was only a light touch, but when you're traveling at 300kph that's all you need for a situation to end in tears."
Red Bull Racing revealed after the Turkish GP that Vettel had been able to get a run on Webber on that lap because the Australian had had to turn his engine down to conserve fuel – while Vettel was still running at full power.