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Red Bull keen to clear the air with Webber

ESPNF1 Staff
July 12, 2010 « Annoyed Sutil has a dig at Vettel | »
Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel shake hands after the race © Sutton Images

Christian Horner has promised to have sit-down talks with Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel after the relationship within the Red Bull team soured over the British Grand Prix weekend.

On Saturday the team appeared to favour Vettel by giving him the last remaining updated front wing and forcing Webber to use a lower-spec version. Vettel took pole but Webber went on to win the race and on the team radio afterwards said: "Not bad for a No. 2 driver". And in a post-race interview he added: "Yesterday I wasn't happy, clearly, and I am sure we will have some pretty decent chats".

Horner confirmed that the team would indeed sit down and talk about the decisions made over the course of the weekend.

"As a team member, he [Webber] is an important part of the team and he has delivered his bit - as every other individual has today," Horner said. "Of course we will talk about it. If the air needs to be cleared, it will be cleared. But, he has been around long enough to know that as a sportsman difficult decisions have to be made."

Horner said that Webber would get preference if a similar situation arises at the German Grand Prix, as the Australian is now leading Vettel in the championship. He also moved to play down Webber's comments over the team radio.

"Mark is king of the one liners - as we all know," he said. "I think the biggest thing today is that he has won the British Grand Prix and I am more than happy with his drive. It is a throw-away comment by Mark - who has just won the British GP. I don't take that comment with any malice behind it. He was upset about the decision yesterday, and I can only imagine that he was disappointed he didn't get the wing yesterday. But I can't cut it in half."

Horner was also confident that Webber would come round to his way of thinking in the cold light of day.

"Well, Mark has not signed a contract as a number two driver," he said. "He knows the lengths that the team has gone to, with the weight difference between the two drivers, to try and achieve parity. He knows how much we have done to support him. I have no doubt that when he has a chance to reflect on this - yes, lessons can be learned. But looking objectively at it - he as a sportsman will recognise that sometimes difficult decisions have to be made."

He added: "Mark has a contract with us for the future. We've provided him with a car that has enabled him to run at the front, win grands prix and challenge for the world championship. I doubt very much that he is going to be walk away from that."