Red Bull boss tells Webber to focus on racing
6 November, 2010
Nov.6 (GMM) Christian Horner has advised Mark Webber to put his focus back on track. Red Bull’s team boss admitted he was disappointed and surprised with the Australian’s comments in Brazil, with Webber suggesting it is “f***ing obvious” that Sebastian Vettel receives the bulk of the emotional support despite the points situation.
Speculation is now rife that, despite having signed a 2011 contract, it is likely Webber’s last race in a Red Bull will be next Sunday’s championship finale in Abu Dhabi.
“If I had a message for him, it would be ‘Let’s focus on the racing’,” said Horner. “Let’s get on with it.”
He dismissed the histrionics so far this weekend as “mind games” and a push for a favourable team strategy, but advised Webber to instead work hard to beat his teammate on merit.
“No one wants to be gifted a championship and he owes it to himself to go out and finish the job,” said Horner. “He has had a great season winning some of the great races, like Silverstone and Monaco, and he needs to focus on redelivering that kind of form.”
The apparent disunity is also a psychological gift to Red Bull’s championship rivals, with Fernando Alonso already admitting this weekend that he is happy with the situation.
And McLaren’s Jenson Button said: “He (Webber) is obviously all over the place after the last race, binning it, and suddenly he’s behind, chasing. He hasn’t got the margin anymore and there is a lot going on in his mind, I guess, because of that.”
Meanwhile Webber on Friday would not categorically deny rumours he is set to quit Red Bull and possibly F1 after next Sunday’s Abu Dhabi grand prix.
After making critical comments at Interlagos about the team’s approach on Thursday, the big rumour in the paddock now is that the Australian is set to leave.
The chance he will simply retire – particularly if he wins the world championship – is considered high, although some believe he might be signed by Ferrari to replace the struggling Felipe Massa.
When asked if he is leaving Red Bull for 2011 despite having signed a contract, the 34-year-old told BBC Sport: “That’s a pretty big step to take.”
“As long as I’m enjoying my driving and performing really well, then of course I’ll be here next year,” added Webber.
But in a separate interview, Webber said only that there is “a good chance” he will still be at Red Bull next season.