Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has placed the onus firmly on Sebastian Vettel to be honourable and allow team-mate Mark Webber to claim the Formula One world title should the opportunity arise. With Red Bull's stated aim of the constructors' championship won following Sunday's one-two finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix, spearheaded by Vettel, the goal now is to secure the drivers' crown.
But with Webber eight points behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Vettel 15 adrift going into next Sunday's season-ending race in Abu Dhabi, the situation is potentially a tricky one for Horner. He has, however, effectively washed his hands of the matter by confirming there will be no discussions before then, and no team orders on the day. Instead, he is leaving it up to his drivers to resolve between themselves, convinced Vettel will do what is right despite the friction that has evolved this season with Webber.
"We will back both drivers equally, and both drivers drive for the team," Horner said. "At the end of the day, I am sure they will do whatever is right for the team. I have zero doubt about that. So there will be no team orders, and I don't think there are any difficult decisions to be made.
"If they find themselves in a situation where one, because he can't win, needs to help the other then I can only imagine that they will do that. It will have to be a driver decision."Reuse content