No title fight team orders says Red Bull boss

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 11: Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Red Bull Racing and team mate Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany and Red Bull Racing drive side by side towards the first corner at the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 11, 2010, in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel lead the title chase going into the final three races of the season

Oct.15 (GMM) Christian Horner has answered “no” as to whether Red Bull will be using team orders in the three-race run to the 2010 world championship.

Christian Horner with Mark webber and Sebastian Vettel

Christian Horner with Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel

Separated by 14 points, both leader Mark Webber and his young teammate Sebastian Vettel are both in the running for their first drivers’ titles.

Flavio Briatore has been recently highly critical of the team’s philosophy of equality, but boss Horner insists he will not be favouring Webber over Vettel.

“What else should he (Briatore) say as Mark’s manager?” Horner is quoted on Friday by F1’s official website. “My answer is a clear ‘no’.

“Of course, I can imagine that Flavio would prefer it if we go the Ferrari way and put our efforts behind only one driver, but that would be wrong, as both are right in the middle of the fight for the title.

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel collide in Turkey

Red Bull will be wanting to avoid Turkey style shenanigans between their two drivers

“The only thing we expect from them is that they don’t hamper each other,” added the Briton.

Horner said it is a “luxury” for Red Bull to have two competitive drivers vying for the title, but it is feared their fight could allow Fernando Alonso to pick up the pieces and his third drivers’ title.

He admitted that it is not necessary to “dig too much into psychoanalysis to understand that if two guys are fighting for the most prestigious title in motor sport then tension is part of the game”.

Horner described their Istanbul crash earlier this year as a “huge challenge”, leaving a big task now so that “neither feels disadvantaged”.

But both Webber and Vettel are still able to be champion, he insisted.

“I promise that the team will not interfere in the race for the title,” said Horner.

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    Red Bull Racing is a joke! Horner is a total disgrace!! Earlier in the year when it appeared Vettel was going to stay in front of Webber, Horner took the front wing off Webber, and justified it by stating Vettel was leading the championship. Once Webber got in front, the policy changed. The only thing that can stop RBR winning the championship is Horner and the mgt group. The whole world is laughing at RBR.. what a terrible situation for the Red Bull brand.

    Ferrari and McLaren must be laughing the loudest!