'Vettel is Red Bull's number one' – Webber
5 November 2010 – Mark Webber has rekindled word surrounding team orders at Red Bull by claiming that it is ‘obvious’ that the Milton Keynes-based team supports team-mate Sebastian Vettel over himself, despite the squad having continued to insist that both drivers are treated equally.
Red Bull tension was first seen at the Turkish Grand Prix earlier this year, with the cars having collided and lost what looked to be a 1-2 result for the team. More controversy followed at Silverstone, with Vettel having been given Webber’s newer front wing prior to qualifying, with this being followed by the Australian’s ‘Not bad for a number two driver’ comment after winning Sunday’s race.
“It's obvious, isn't it?” Webber said in Brazil. “Of course, when young and new chargers come onto the block that's where the emotion is…that's the way it is, which is absolutely fine because I've had a great opportunity and a great car to go and do some great things this year.
“I've got favourites in life, I've got people I like to be with and that's how it is. It's just human nature.” With Mark being Fernando Alonso’s closest challenger in the title battle this weekend and Vettel sitting 25 points in arrears of the Spaniard’s lead, many onlookers argue that Red Bull should now back Webber.
“It's certainly not my decision - you'd need to ask the people who run the team,” Webber continued.” Asked if he would be willing to support Vettel, were the positions reversed, the Queanbeyan man answered: “It's a tough question and a tough situation, knowing how you would do things.”
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