Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner is refusing to impose team orders with both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in the hunt for the Formula One world title. The team have enjoyed back-to-back one-two finishes at Silverstone three weeks ago and on Sunday at the Nurburgring. At the British Grand Prix it was Vettel who held sway while in Germany it was Webber who won, finally winning his first race in F1 at the 130th attempt.
In essence, the duo have also taken points off one another as they chase down championship leader Jenson Button in his Brawn GP, with the gap 21 points to Vettel and 22.5 to Webber. With eight races now remaining Horner knows there is no way he can start to favour one driver over the other. "We treat the drivers equally," he said. "With both competing against each other, the team has to be very fair, which is the way we've always operated, and the way we will continue to operate.
"They will get the same support until it becomes obvious one is in contention, or there is a significant difference between them. Webber said: "It's quite rare that two drivers in the same team perform quite so closely. "Either of us can have DNFs from mechanical problems or anything, so at the end of the day we have a lot of points to go for. "It's a team championship, a team sport. Maybe towards the end, the last three, four or five races it will turn to one of us if we have a chance to fight Jenson."
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