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Red Bull pledge to treat Webber & Vettel equally

Highlights - Japanese Grand Prix

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has insisted his team will treat both drivers equally as the Formula 1 title battle reaches its climax.

Mark Webber leads Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the standings by 14 points with only three races remaining.

Horner said: "It's not correct, as we've always said, for us to favour one driver over the other.

"The team will support both drivers as equally as we can."

The issue of driver favouritism has been a thorny issue for Red Bull this season.


In Turkey, after Vettel crashed into Webber to gift a one-two to McLaren, Red Bull seemed to blame the Australian when most pundits believed the German driver was at fault.

At the British Grand Prix back in July, Webber was unhappy that Red Bull controversially took off their only new wing from his car in order to give it to Vettel.

And when Webber finished second behind Alonso in Belgium in August the Australian hinted that Red Bull could soon consider concentrating its efforts behind one driver.

But the gap between the two drivers has closed since then, with Vettel leading home Webber in Japan last weekend.

"It will be very, very tough but there is a good chance for both of our drivers," added Horner on

"It's fantastic that we have got two drivers still competing in the drivers' championship and we will give both drivers as good a chance as we can to win it."

Red Bull had a dominant weekend at Suzuka, recording pole position, fastest lap and a one-two finish at the famous figure-of-eight circuit.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner
Horner's Red Bull team are also leading the constructors' championship

And Horner believes his team will again be competitive at the next race in Korea.

The race will be the first to be held at the Yeongam circuit, with the track only passing an inspection earlier this week.

Horner says the circuit, which has long straights, sweeping corners as well as a tight street section, will be challenging to the teams.

"Looking at the track layout you would have to say, with the longest straight on the calendar, that section is going to be tough for us with the package that we have," he added.

"But then sectors two and three have quite a lot of corners and fast-flowing corners so hopefully they should suit our chassis strengths more.

"With the strengths and weaknesses that we have, we should be competitive but again, you take nothing for granted. We have to do our homework and we have to keep working hard.

"Obviously we are very focused on that race."

Alonso, meanwhile, says he must attack in the remaining three races if he is to claim a third world championship crown.

The Korean Grand Prix could therefore start to be decisive for some

Fernando Alonso

The Spaniard, who has won two of the last three races, is level on points with Vettel but is ahead of his German rival in terms of race victories.

Alonso also has Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button on his shoulder and he told the Ferrari website: "To lose any more ground would make the situation more complicated. I still think the fight for the title is open for five drivers.

"Too many times this year we've seen someone come back into the game after they'd seemed out of it, and that could easily happen again.

"Having said that, perhaps the only one who can afford a bad weekend is Webber.

"For all the others it would perhaps mean giving up any chance, especially the ones who are a bit behind today.

"The Korean Grand Prix could therefore start to be decisive for some."

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see also
I must win to take title - Webber
10 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Vettel wins as McLaren slip back
10 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Next two races critical - Vettel
08 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Webber calm as Alonso closes in
02 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Title could go to wire - Horner
27 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull 'may have to prioritise'
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1

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