Horner and Webber to talk 'behind closed doors'
12 July 2011 – Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has said that he and Mark Webber will be discussing in private the events which took place at Silverstone on Sunday. While hunting down team-mate Sebastian Vettel for second place in the last handful of laps, the Australian was instructed to hold position for the good of the team.
“It’s very much a conversation we’ll have behind closed doors but, at the end of the day, we’re a team,” Horner explained to BBC Sport after the race.
“I spoke with the drivers this morning and said the objective of today is to get the most points for the team and it’s important that you guys show each other respect. We allowed them to race up to that point.
“We gave Mark the early pit-stop to give him the best advantage that we could - because there’s obviously, with the way these tyres work, a significant advantage to pitting earlier – and normally that advantage would go to the leading car.
“We got to a situation at the end of a Grand Prix, with four or five laps to go, where it was very obviously heading for an accident unless it was, ‘Okay boys, that’s enough. We’ve got two places on the podium at the British Grand Prix in front of all the guys and girls that have put so much effort into these cars.’
Horner stressed that the same decision was taken at the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix, where Webber finished second to Vettel as Jenson Button won for Brawn. One year later in Istanbul, the two Red Bull drivers threw away a potential one-two finish by colliding when dicing for the lead.
Also on Tuesday:
Vettel: Pit-stop error won’t happen again