• Turkish Grand Prix

'Disappointed' Horner refuses to lay blame

ESPNF1 Staff
May 30, 2010 « Vettel insists he was not to blame for collision | »
Sebastian Vettel angrily gesticulates after his collision with Mark Webber © Getty Images

Red Bull boss Christian Horner refused to apportion blame for the collision between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel on either of his drivers, but there was no disguising his frustration with the incident which cost his team a likely second successive 1-2 at the Turkish Grand Prix.

"From a team perspective I'm really disappointed because the team had done everything right," he told the BBC. "We'd outstrategied the McLarens, who were strong today …. to see both cars touch each other was really disappointing.

"I've spoken to Sebastian, he got a run and they should never had been where they were. It's really disappointing for the team. It's cost them a lot of points. The priority is to beat the other teams and today we handed 43 points on a plate to McLaren. The team really deserved to win this race. We need to sit down, go through it and come back stronger at the next event."

Horner said that while he had no issues with his drivers taking each other on, the onus was for them to do so sensibly and not to do anything which put either of them at risk. "What we always ask is that the drivers give each other room," he said. "Today neither yielded, and the result was the team losing a lot of points, Mark losing a lots of points and Sebastian losing a lot of points … the net result is everybody loses."

Referring to the nip-and-tuck battle between the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button a few laps later, Horner said that "they raced each other and they gave each other space, and that's what we ask".