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'No team orders' at Red Bull - Mateschitz

ESPNF1 Staff
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Red Bull's drivers will continue to get equal treatment, according team owner Dietrich Mateschitz © Getty Images
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Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has promised there will be no team orders at Red Bull this season and sees no reason why Mark Webber can't challenge Sebastian Vettel this year.

After a close battle in 2010, Vettel dominated the 2011 season with 11 victories to Webber's one. There were signs of team orders when Webber was told not to attack Vettel towards the end of the British Grand Prix, but he ignored the radio call regardless.

Red Bull boss Mateschitz said neither driver would be favoured this year.

"Our attitude has not changed - there are no team orders," he told Kleine Zeitung newspaper. "It starts at zero again, for both of them."

As for which Red Bull driver will get the upper hand in 2012, Mateschitz is open minded.

"From today's point of view it is difficult to say. But why not [Webber]? I'm curious to know how hard or difficult or impossible it will be for Vettel to defend his dominance."

Based on the initial Jerez test, however, he said it is too early to say if the RB8 will be as dominant as last year.

"These tests are not to scale," said Mateschitz. "Everyone drives with their own goals and plans or to meet certain criteria. But I do think the balance of power has stayed about the same."