14 Nov 2013

Vettel talks of respect for Webber

6:42 am on 14 November 2013

Sebastian Vettel says he has enormous respect for his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, as the German world motor racing champion attempts to bury the hatchet before the Australian finally quits Formula One.

Webber, who is moving into Porsche's sportscar programme next season, said of Vettel that the four-time champion was "in another category" following his seventh successive win, in Abu Dhabi.

And Vettel responded in kind, saying the pair have always had respect on the track, even when they've been fighting each other.

It's all a far cry from the bad blood over the previous five years, resulting in on-track feuds, with the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix and Malaysia this year the low points of their relationship.

There are just two grands prix remaining before Webber bids farewell, with the US this weekend and Brazil next.

Vettel can set yet another record at Sunday's race in Austin, Texas - if he wins his eighth straight, he'll surpass Michael Schumacher's 2004 mark for consecutive wins in a season.