Red Bull have to back Webber – Lauda

Austrian legend Niki Lauda has said that Red Bull need to back Mark Webber if they want to win the drivers’ world championship this season.

The three-time champion told the Daily Telegraph that the Anglo-Austrian squad risk missing out on the title unless they decide that one of their drivers should be preferred.

“Red Bull needs to establish the team hierarchy now,” he said.

“If they don’t get behind Mark Webber, they may have to go without the title.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has reiterated in recent days his commitment to driver equality, even if that means losing the title. Seasoned onlookers have also pointed out that even if the team were to back one of their men, they might end up looking foolish anyway.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso can rely on the support of his team-mate Felipe Massa, while Jenson Button is widely expected to fall out of contention for the title this weekend in Brazil.