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Motor Racing

Webber 'asked Vettel to back off'

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has revealed that Mark Webber asked the team to advise Sebastian Vettel to back off the lap before their collision at the Turkish Grand Prix last weekend. Vettel tried to pass his team-mate for the lead, but the pair made contact, putting Vettel out of the race and forcing Webber to pit for a new nose which dropped him to third.

Horner says that the team were unable to allow Webber's request, due to the pace and proximity of the chasing McLarens. "It was quite clear that with the speed advantage the McLarens had on the straight, it was impossible to fall back into them."