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No favourite at Red Bull - Vettel

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In-depth interview - Sebastian Vettel

By Andrew Benson and Lee McKenzie

Sebastian Vettel has insisted he is not favoured by Red Bull over team-mate Mark Webber in the aftermath of their crash at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Red Bull team bosses have appeared to pin most of the blame for the crash on Webber, despite the vast majority of pundits believing Vettel was at fault.

Vettel told BBC Sport: "What we have been discussing internally is neither driver is favoured in any way.

"We go out and try to find out who is the better one, like it should be."

Vettel's remarks came in an exclusive interview with BBC Sport as Red Bull try to manage the fall-out from the crash while their drivers were disputing the lead at Istanbul Park.

In the interview, Vettel insisted he had done nothing wrong, despite many former F1 drivers - including BBC analysts Martin Brundle and David Coulthard saying the German caused the crash by turning towards his team-mate while still alongside.

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"It all happened fairly quick," Vettel said.

"I got a very good run out of corner leading on to back straight, got a good tow. Then I was going on the inside.

"I had already passed Mark and then tried to come slowly back to the right.

"At that time I was the leading car and then usually the leader dictates when to go. We made contact and that was the end of the race for me."

Asked why he had given the 'crazy sign' to Webber - circling his finger at his forehead - after the incident, Vettel said: "I think it was pretty clear at the time. I don't think it was a crazy sign. I think it's very common. I think everyone understood."

Vettel denied either driver had been given any instructions from the team and he added he would do nothing differently if the two men were in the same situation again.

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"It's always the question - you never know what is going to happen," he said.

"You do at the time what you think is right, and in that case you would do it again because you thought it was right. No matter how is the outcome, you will always learn something."

And he denied he had made the move because he was under pressure to score points after a string of problems had cost him three potential victories earlier in the season.

"Any racing driver who finds himself in second and thinks he is faster and stronger than the guy in the lead and gets the chance - it's not like you get a million chances - [would do the same].

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"I used my chance and unfortunately I didn't see the chequered flag.

"I lost a lot of points. It's not a good thing to have a DNF down in the championship.

"But with the new system it sounds lot of points you are behind but one result can make a big difference."

Red Bull announced on Monday that Webber had signed a new contract that will keep him at the team until the end of 2011.



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see also
Red Bull extend Webber contract
07 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Webber calls for united Red Bull
01 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull drivers play blame game
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull clash hands Hamilton win
30 May 10 |  Formula 1


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