Red Bull’s Mark Webber has denied he would pull over for his championship-leading teammate Sebastian if he is leading the Indian grand prix on Sunday.
Reports have suggested the time for Webber to start supporting German Vettel’s title fight – both practically and also in terms of one of the Australian’s contract clauses – has now come.
But when asked what will happen if he is leading on Sunday ahead of the sister RB8, Webber insisted: “I will win. That’s it.
“If I’m in the lead this weekend, I’m not pulling over for anyone.”
Told that Christian Horner might not be happy if that happens, Webber recalled that his boss has said Red Bull will not impose team orders unless one driver is mathematically out of the hunt.
And “mathematically I have a chance,” he asserted.
“(It’s going to be) very difficult (to win the title) but never say never,” added Webber.
Vettel, meanwhile, was coy when also asked about ‘team orders’ in the Buddh paddock.
“First, we see to having a good start and then we will cross that bridge if we get to it,” the German is quoted by The National newspaper.
Webber also had to fend off suggestions he would prefer Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to beat Vettel to the title, after suggesting the Spaniard is still a real contender to win.
“That’s a ridiculous comment,” he snapped at the reporter. “Do you want me to come out and say Sebastian is the only one that can win it? You’re dreaming.”