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Webber won't quit - Horner

ESPN Staff
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Christian Horner: "Mark knows the team didn't manipulate anything, there was no conspiracy" © Sutton Images

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Mark Webber will not quit the team over Sebastian Vettel's actions in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Following Vettel's decision to ignore team orders and overtake Webber to win the race, Webber said he would return to Australia over the next few weeks to consider his future. Horner, however, believes that Webber's comments were made in the heat of the moment and that he has reassured his driver that it was not the team's decision for Vettel to win the race.

"The team's position was clear," Horner said. "Mark knows the team didn't manipulate anything, there was no conspiracy, so why he needs to be thinking about his future is just pure emotion."

Horner also said that Vettel apologised to Webber once again in the team's post-race debrief, and that thoughts within the team then turned to preparing for China.

"We've conducted a de-brief and I've spoken to both drivers. Sebastian has apologised to both Mark and the team. We've conducted our de-brief as we normally do and now we focus on the next race."

Webber's father, Alan, told the Australian Broadcast Corporation that Webber won't be leaving the team ahead of the next race, saying: "We'll be up in China for the next one."