Sebastian Vettel has shrugged off claims that he has received preferential treatment from Red Bull Racing during the fallout from his collision with Mark Webber at the Turkish Grand Prix, although the title chaser did hint that he would do the same again when presented with the same scenario.
There has been fevered debate over the collision that saw Red Bull lose a likely 1-2 finish in Istanbul, prompted when Vettel and Webber locked wheels as the German attempted to pass his team-mate on the run down to turn twelve.
Indeed, opinion has been mixed, with Vettel being criticised for seemingly turning in on Webber, but Webber being blamed for not yielding fast enough.
Significantly, Red Bull boss Christian Horner would go on to suggest Webber was most at fault, raising speculation that Vettel was receiving favoured status over his team-mate.
However, while it is a claim that Vettel is quick to dismiss, the 2009 runner-up remains adamant that he was not to blame for the collision.
"What we have been discussing internally is neither driver is favoured in any way,” he told the BBC
. We go out and try to find out who is the better one, like it should be.
"It all happened fairly quickly. I got a very good run out of corner leading on to back straight, got a good tow. Then I was going on the inside.
"I had already passed Mark and then tried to come slowly back to the right. At that time I was the leading car and then usually the leader dictates when to go. We made contact and that was the end of the race for me."
Furthermore, despite the disastrous outcome of the incident – which enabled arch rivals McLaren-Mercedes a somewhat fortuitous 1-2 finish -, Vettel maintains that he would do something similar again.