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Speak no evil: Drivers tread a fine line

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Red Bull teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. Vettel was reprimanded for swearing during a podium interview recently.

Red Bull teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. Vettel was reprimanded for swearing during a podium interview recently.

MARK WEBBER believes any driver on the podium is treading a fine line between keeping their comments clean and turning the air blue.

Last week the FIA issued a friendly letter to all 12 teams calling on them to remind drivers of their responsibilities when being interviewed live after the race, a new concept introduced earlier this season.

Following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the winner, Kimi Raikkonen and third-placed Sebastian Vettel both used expletives during their podium interview with former driver David Coulthard.

''With regard to drivers being interviewed on the podium, I am 50-50 on that,'' Vettel's Red Bull teammate Webber said.

''For swearing, that is never going to go away. It will always never be far away. It's difficult to control your emotions because you're full of adrenalin, you're excited. In general, you have just had an incredible grand prix.

''Sometimes you might not use the right language, but now we have to be mindful of that, just another part of the weekend where you have to keep an eye on things.''

Webber said certain aspects of the new podium format were not to his liking, adding: ''I certainly wasn't impressed in Silverstone [following his British Grand Prix win].

''There were a thousand dignitaries up there. The podium should be for the drivers, no one else. It should be a clear shot of the drivers celebrating and what they have achieved, not having everyone stand in front and having their five minutes.

''Apart from that you also need real flags.

''The electronic flags look rubbish.

''You need real flags waving in the wind.''

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