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Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, who celebrated his first constructors’ title in Brazil on Sunday, has vowed not to issue any team orders to either Mark Webber or Sebastian Vettel in this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – stressing that any decisions will only be made by the drivers themselves.
Heading into the season finale, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso leads the way by eight points from Webber, meaning the Spaniard will be crowned Champion automatically by finishing either first or second.
“I don't think there are any difficult decisions that had to be made,” Horner said of the Interlagos race, with that comfort for Alonso having been removable had Red Bull allowed Webber to pass Vettel for victory.
“We have two drivers that drive for the team who have both had tremendous support and equality this year. It would have been wrong to switch the drivers, as both have any chances of winning the World Championship.”
Horner emphasises that, should one driver be in a position to help the other at Yas Marina on Sunday, the choice will be their own.
“Ultimately, it’s their decision” he said. “They of them both drive for the team and I know that they will both do the best they can in a situation, should it arise, for the team, but nobody has a crystal ball and nobody can predict what will happen in a week's time.
“We will continue to back both drivers equally and both drivers drive for the team - they will do whatever is right for the team, I’m sure, at the end of the day - I have zero doubt about that.”
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