• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Vettel not worrying about helping Webber

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel: "My first goal is pole position, my second is winning the race" © Sutton Images

Sebastian Vettel has put the possibility of using team strategy at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to the back of his mind.

If - as he did in Brazil last weekend - the German wins on Sunday ahead of his team-mate Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso will only need to finish fourth to be crowned world champion. With team orders illegal and ruled out by his employer Dietrich Mateschitz, whether Vettel will voluntarily move over to help Webber win the title is the topic of wide speculation in the media.

"Without joking, I am not thinking about it now," he told Bild newspaper. "My first goal is pole position, my second is winning the race. And if necessary I can analyse the situation and decide very quickly."

Red Bull's chief designer Adrian Newey is the latest to weigh in on the debate, insisting that both drivers will have a free run to the title this weekend but hoping that one might be "magnanimous" enough to help the other.

The marketing professor at the top Spanish business school IESE thinks Mateschitz's approach to the 2010 season finale is very clever.

"If they lose the championship, they have not betrayed the values that convey the brand, so Red Bull still wins. They cannot lose," marketing professor Jose Luis Nueno told El Pais newspaper.