Horner refuses to impose team orders at Red Bull

Webber free to race while he still holds a mathematical title hope

Last Updated: 17/10/12 10:30am

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The two Red Bull drivers will continue to race each other

The two Red Bull drivers will continue to race each other

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has ruled out imposing team orders forcing Mark Webber to support Sebastian Vettel's World Championship bid.

Vettel currently leads the standings after leapfrogging Ferrari's Fernando Alonso courtesy of his victory in Sunday's Korean GP. After losing position to his team-mate into the first corner, Webber followed Vettel across the line and now trails the reigning champion by 63 points in the Drivers' Championship.

However, despite own Webber's title hopes being effectively over, and Alonso remaining within six points of Vettel, Horner insists the Australian will remain free to race his team-mate in the final four races of the year.

"Sebastian has moved into the lead and Mark still has a chance of winning this championship," Horner said. "I think it would be wrong to impose team orders while Mark still mathematically has a chance of winning. They demonstrated in Korea they race each other fairly, and that is all we ask of them."

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