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Red Bull may face tough decisions, says Mark Webber

Red Bull's Mark Webber

Webber content with strong Spa showing

Mark Webber says Red Bull may soon have to start backing his world title bid ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Webber finished second in the Belgian Grand Prix to put the Australian 28 points ahead of Vettel, who came 15th.

Asked if the team should concentrate its efforts behind one driver, Webber replied: "It's still too early at the moment, but maybe not far away.

"We have a good trophy cabinet but not one like McLaren's. So it depends on how hungry we are to do that."

Webber lost the championship lead to McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in Spa, who claimed victory in an eventful race in the Ardennes Forest.

And while Webber, who is just three points behind Hamilton, was claiming second, Vettel suffered a wretched afternoon, crashing into title rival Jenson Button and earning a drive-through penalty.

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner insisted the decision to back one driver is still far away, saying: "There are 150 points still available.

"The front two guys [Hamilton and Webber] have broken away a little from the rest of the pack, with the other three title protagonists not scoring.

"I still think it's too early to be contemplating that [favouritism]. All five are still in this championship.

"With the way the points scoring is, the gap is quite deceptive because whilst they look quite large, in reality they can be dramatically reduced very quickly.

"So with 150 points still on the board, it's a bit premature to be talking in that manner."

Asked whether he felt Webber would push for favouritism, Horner added: "No, I don't.

"Mark is a sportsman, a realist, and he knows the numbers better than anybody else. He is realistic enough to know things can change very quickly, but he is in a great position.

"If we come through Monza [Italian Grand Prix on September 12] then we will be heading to tracks we know will suit our package.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory in Spa

Highlights - Hamilton wins in Belgium

"Clearly Mark is in the form of his career, and based on the season to date he looks in great shape, but it would be a foolish person to rule out Sebastian at the moment."

The issue of favouritism within the Red Bull outfit has been a contentious issue 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.

And 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.

Horner denied that decision meant that Vettel was the preferred driver but when Webber subsequently won at Silverstone he pointedly remarked over the team radio: "Not bad for a number two driver."

After the Belgian GP, Hamilton said McLaren would not be considering favouring himself over team-mate Button, who failed to score a point after the Vettel incident.

"I get the same treatment as Jenson, and that enables us both to score maximum points, so I don't think there should be any preferential treatment," said Hamilton.

Either way, Red Bull will be determined to avoid any possible accusations of implementing team orders, which are illegal.

Ferrari were widely castigated after ordering Felipe Massa to allow Fernando Alonso to pass him during the German Grand Prix, and could face a points penalty when the incident is discussed by the World Motorsport Council before the Italian Grand Prix in two weeks time.



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Hamilton hails 'phenomenal' win
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Button blames 'confused' Vettel
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Belgian Grand Prix race results
24 Feb 10 |  Results
Belgian GP as it happened
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Belgian Grand Prix photos
29 Aug 10 |  Formula 1
Belgian Grand Prix starting grid
24 Feb 10 |  Results


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