Red Bull not imposing team orders on Webber

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing  in the press conference. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Race, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday 14 October 2012.Oct.14 (GMM) Red Bull is still not willing to slot Mark Webber into a supporting role after Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix where Sebastian Vettel led home the team’s first 1-2 finish of the season.

With the Australian on pole but 60 points behind Fernando Alonso’s championship lead prior to Sunday’s race, the team said it would not be imposing team orders in a bid to boost teammate Sebastian Vettel’s title chances.

The situation is now different. After Korea, Vettel is now the championsip leader, while Webber’s points gap is slightly bigger.

But when asked about the need for team orders, team boss Christian Horner said on Sunday: “It’s still too early.

“The gap is pretty big but Mark still has a mathematical chance,” Horner is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport. “So it would be wrong of us to ask Mark to [follow team orders].”

Horner said that the opening lap in Korea was evidence that Vettel and Webber can fight fairly for position without interference.

“It’s always nerve wracking when you see your two cars so close to one another, but they’ve done it many times before and [on Sunday] they fought perfectly down to turn three,” he said.

Meanwhile, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton is one point further up the standings than Webber, but the Briton thinks his championship is now over after finishing just tenth on Sunday.

“In terms of winning, I think that’s it for us,” he said.

“We were still in the fight up until now but it’s too far away [now].”

It’s also looking grim for Ferrari’s Alonso, because even though the points gap to Vettel is only 6 points, it is Red Bull who are enjoying a state of clear dominance.

“Now we need to score seven points more than Sebastian, which will be extremely tough but we believe we can do it,” said the Spaniard, never one to indulge in negative thinking.

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  • Alonso_is_slow

    Vettel does not need team orders like Alonso does.

  • Joe Kinnear

    No team orders even up to this point? Bull5hit. RBR just don’t wanna sound desperate. C’mon just admit it RBR. You NEED team orders now.

  • AlonsoFan

    Yeah no team orders thats ridiculous mark boeng told to change clutch settings before the start and he immediately loses his position.

  • bbb

    @AlonsoFan – is that true about the clutch position ?

    Am surprised Ferrari told Massa to slow down, when the commentators thought he would be a chance to fight Webber for 2nd.

  • Mark

    LOL… Vettel doesnt need team orders to be on top. I havent heard “Webber please, dont overtake Vettel, we need him in that position”… very different than alonso, for example singapore 08 asking nelson piquet to crash so he could win, asking today massa to stay out of the battle (even when he was hell faster), b*tching about vettel blocking him. Coward acts of desperation.

  • fools


    Im not surprised because Alonso needs as much points as possible. He is on damage limitation.

    However, Ferrari really need to get there Aero package working better in the rear area the most. They struggle with long term grip as Vettel keeps flying due to his new wing update.

    That wouldnt be Alonso’s fault. You cannot simply be faster when another driver has an advantage.

    Mark your your comments are bullshit. Alonso never asked anyone to crash? Do you have the recording? Exactly.