Horner: Webber and Vettel have a genuine respect for each other

(L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6 and team mate Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6 after the two collided in the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Race, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Sunday 30 May 2010.

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber clashed famously during the 2010 Turkish GP, but have come a long way since then

Jul.12 (GMM) As he faces his fifth seasonĀ  as teammate to Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber has played down suggestions that his relationship with the young double World Champion is perhaps F1’s most volatile, while team boss Christian Horner attributes mutual respect to their success.

Christian Horner with Sebastian Vettel and Mark WebberThe pair clashed memorably as they fought during the first of Vettel’s back-to-back titles, in 2010, yet Red Bull chiefs have opted to keep them together in the same squad.

“It’s not easy for both of us to be at the front and I can understand that as both of us are thinking about ourselves sometimes,” Webber is quoted by the Associated Press. “But ultimately we know that we need to get the cars home and get the best results for us and the team.”

“I think no one would really have envisaged how long we have worked together, so that’s probably been a bit of a surprise,” Webber said.

“There are not many teammates staying together for that long in Formula One, but it’s proved to be a successful partnership with both of us working very hard with the key technical members of the team. It’s been a potent operation,” added the Australian.

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing with the Wings for Life paint scheme on the Red Bull Racing RB8. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday 5 July 2012.Red Bull and Horner extended 35-year-old Australian Webber’s contract this week, and insists the pairing alongside Vettel is harmonious enough.

“They have spent a lot of time racing each other and they have spent hundreds of hours together working on developing the car and I think they have a genuine respect for each other,” he said.

“Sebastian knows [that] in Mark he has a very genuine competitor, and Mark knows [that] Sebastian has been the benchmark for the last couple of years. It’s a healthy situation for the team. I think they now have more experience,” Horner concluded.

Webber joined Red Bull in 2007 as teammate to David Coulthard, and two years later Vettel was promoted from their junior Toro Rosso team into the main operation. Together, Vettel and Webber, have amassed 30 victories and two F1 constructors championship titles for the squad.

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  • f1 fan

    i think that many guyz today in F1 have respect for each other and their fellow team-mates except for a few like maldonado.

  • Kevin

    Having two equally capable drivers on the same team, and encouraging each to do their best as individuals is something Enzo Ferrari loved to do. He felt a little stress and emotional pain was good for them and the team. Weber’s turn around this season from his 2011 humiliation, following the loss of the WDC in 2010, is proving to be the tonic he needed to get it on in 2012. I’d love to see him take the trophy this season in a hard fought battle with his ‘mate, or the other way round… works either way. We’ll have to see what Alonso has in his bag of tricks – he’s certainly an antagonist in the RBR internal pressure among competitive teamers.

  • f1 fan

    Agree !! I 2 would luv to see webber take the title this year, he has been in f1 for quite a long time time and has not won a title yet, compared to vettel who has won 2 !!

  • ?

    Beautiful front noses…

  • McLaren Fan

    I think Webber is a strait forward driver with morals. Vettel is a not as strait he has his own agenda and as far as fighting as a team i think he fights as an individual forgetting it is a team sport even if it means that the team do not win.

  • Harsha

    @Mclarenfan
    I disagree with you Vettel was a Team Player and He knows he Needs to lift the Team up