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Red Bull will not favour Mark Webber, says team boss

Fernando Alonso of Ferrari drives during the Korean Formula One Grand Prix

Highlights - Korean Grand Prix

Red Bull insist they will not favour Mark Webber over Sebastian Vettel in the final two races of the 2010 season.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso replaced Webber as championship leader by winning the Korean Grand Prix, which neither Red Bull driver finished.

The result put Vettel 25 points behind Alonso with only 50 still available, while Webber is now 11 points adrift.

But Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said: "Our strategy is unchanged. We'll be pushing flat out until the end."

The conundrum for Red Bull Racing is that if Vettel wins the remaining races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, with Webber second and Alonso third, the Ferrari man will win the drivers' world championship.

Yet if Webber won them, with Vettel second and Alonso third, then Webber would clinch his - and Red Bull's - historic first world title.

Mark Webber

Webber takes blame for crash

Despite those permutations, Horner told BBC Sport that Red Bull would not choose to go down a tactical route to try and ensure that one of their drivers clinches the much-coveted championship trophy.

"This championship will not be over until the last lap in Abu Dhabi has been completed," he said.

Pole-sitter Vettel and Webber had locked out the front row after qualification in Korea, but the Australia spun out of the rain-hit race after an error on lap 19 while his German team-mate had an engine failure while leading with just nine laps to go.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "Mark hasn't made many errors this year, but unfortunately he made one today that cost him dearly. It wasn't a great day for us.

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"As we saw in this race, different drivers were leading the championship at different points," added Horner. "Fernando we gave a big gift today, and we need to look at that.

"But we have seen how quickly things can change.

"Sebastian is remarkably philosophical, because it was cruel to lose a guaranteed race victory in that way."

Vettel, who suggested the race might have finished earlier because of fading light, choose to look ahead rather than dwell too long on how his Korean GP ended.

"That's life, that's how it goes sometimes," he told BBC Sport.

"It's obviously not a nice moment. But it was tricky for all of us.

"To be on top all the time and controlling the race and looking after my tyres, there was nothing we could have done better. We did more or less, a perfect job.

Sebastian Vettel

Vettel frustrated by retirement

"The [championship] race is still on. We keep our head down now and try and get the best out of the car. In terms of speed, there is nothing left to improve."

Webber admitted that the crash which caused his retirement from the race was "totally his fault", but insisted he can still win the world championship.

"I got in the kerb and it was a very slow-motion moment," he said. "It wasn't my day.

"The conditions were fine out there. [Championship] positions are not all-important now, points are the most important thing. With two races to go I'll do my absolute best."



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Korean Grand Prix

RaceLast updated: 15 Nov 2012 12:34 UK
Position Country Driver Race Time
1 spain F Alonso 2:48:20.810
2 great britain L Hamilton 2:48:35.809
3 brazil F Massa 2:48:51.678
4 germany M Schumacher 2:49:00.498
5 poland R Kubica 2:49:08.544
6 italy V Liuzzi 2:49:14.381
7 brazil R Barrichello 2:49:30.067
8 japan K Kobayashi 2:49:38.699
9 germany N Heidfeld 2:49:40.917
10 germany N Hulkenberg 2:49:41.661


see also
Title not out of reach - Hamilton
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Highlights - Korean Grand Prix
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso wins as Red Bull implode
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Button downbeat on title chances
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Korean GP as it happened
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Korean Grand Prix photos
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1
Sunday's F1 gossip column
24 Oct 10 |  Formula 1


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