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Horner focusing on threats outside of Red Bull

Apr 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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Christian Horner has encouraged Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to focus on the championship rivals outside of Red Bull instead of their own internal battle.

“They know the real opponents sit outside of the team, not inside the team,” Horner told Sky Sports. “All the success we have achieved has come working as a group, as a unit, and that will continue.”

The unity of the team has come under scrutiny as of late following the Malaysian Grand Prix, which saw Vettel ignore team orders to pass Webber and claim the win. Horner made it clear that Red Bull have put the situation behind them as they look to claim a fourth consecutive drivers and constructors’ championship double.

“Both of them know what the team’s views were of Malaysia. It is something that has been discussed, something that has been addressed.

“I don’t expect them to be spending Christmas together or anything like that, but they are professional individuals who will work to ensure we keep moving forward.”

Horner is also confident that the rivalry between his drivers can lead to some strong results for Red Bull in 2013.

“They will feed off each other, push each other, and ultimately that brings the best out of them.

“Sebastian brings the best out of Mark, and Mark brings the best out of Sebastian because they push each other so hard.”

  1. apexassassin - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Typical head games… I have no doubt RBR’s focus is on Shanghai and beyond and not the silly mudslinging.

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I call B.S. by Horner. I doubt that the situation is over and that it won’t emerge later in the season. Payback could be Hell for Vettel.

    It should be interesting to see how many times this season Red Bull gets caught cheating. Their front wing may have been flexing in Malaysi – again so we’ll need to see if they get bounced out of one of the next races as there seems to be video of the front wings bending down to improve aero performance. If there is a means to cheat, Red Bull will use it.

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