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Vettel/Webber clash just 'healthy rivalry' says Horner

"I think it's a healthy rivalry, even though they took things into their own hands," insists Red Bull team principal.
Christian Horner has faced a new round of questions about Red Bull's use of team orders at Malaysia three weeks ago - and about how Sebastian Vettel ignored those orders from the pit wall in order to clinch victory over his fuming team mate Mark Webber.

"I think it's a healthy rivalry, even though they took things into their own hands," the Red Bull team principal said on Friday in the regular post-practice press conference for team representatives.

"They gave each other just enough room and whilst it was uncomfortable for us on the pit wall to watch, it was spectacular driving, just giving each other room to work with, as they've done on numerous occasions," he added.

But Horner admitted that he hadn't been happy about the situation immediately after the race and that there had been some tense moments behind the scenes.

"Has my authority been undermined? In that race he didn't do what I asked. Was I happy about it? Of course I wasn't," he said. "Did we discuss it? Yes, we did. Did he apologise? Yes. Has he learned from it? I'm sure he has.

"I think, as far as team orders goes, what's happened, happened," Horner continued. "Sebastian's explained himself, he's explained himself to me. He's apologised to myself and every individual in the factory and the issues been dealt with. We move on and focus on the challenges of this weekend.

But Vettel has since made it clear that he'd probably do exactly the same thing again if the situation arose in the future (see separate story), something that Horner admitted he could do very little about in reality.

"Sebastian hasn't achieved the success that he has in his career by being submissive. He saw an opportunity, he took it into his own hands, he'd saved a set of tyres from the previous day and he wanted that victory more than anything else," Horner said. "Would he do it again? I think he'd think twice but I think as he explained yesterday there is an awful of history between those drivers. It's something that isn't new."

But given that this at-times fractious pairing had between them won 35 Grand Prix victories, 2000 points and three successive constructors' world championships for the team, Horner said that he was finding it hard to see the downside as far as Red bull was concerned.




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Razak - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 5:05 PM

He also said on the BBC website the following..... "Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Sebastian Vettel's decision to ignore team orders in Malaysia has not undermined his authority." How can this be? Vettel chose to disobey Horner yet Horner thinks he is in control? What a load of rubbish.



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