Christian Horner: “It’s not down to us to put team orders”

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner says that the team will not impose any orders in Abu Dhabi next week.

In essence that means that it’s up to Sebastian Vettel to decide whether he will move over and help Mark Webber’s championship challenge, should his own chances be finished.

“It’s not down to us to put team orders,” said Horner. “The drivers know that they need each other. It would have been wrong for us this weekend to remove one of the drivers from the World Championship effectively. If they’re in that situation I’ve every confidence that they will do the best thing for the company, which is to ensure that we achieve the best result. Still a few racing laps before we get there.

“Both drivers can win this World Championship. We’ve backed them all year, and we’ll do it again next weekend. They’ve both got a chance. Some of it will depend on what Fernando does, but we’re going there with an objective to try and win the championship, and I’m sure that they’ll do the best they can to ensure that we lift the trophy.”

Meanwhile Horner paid tribute to his RBR crew for winning the constructors’ title. “Red Bull Racing as constructors’ champions is an unbelievable feeling, and it’s testimony to the team, the effort, the commitment that’s gone in. It’s just mind boggling. Together with all the backing we’ve had from Red Bull, particularly Mr Mateschitz, who had the vision, had the dream, and gave us the opportunity to fulfil it.

“It’s about what you do on the track, not what you do in the pit lane. We’ve done a great job this year. We’ve won eight Grands Prix, this was our fourth one-two finish. “This season we’ve won Monaco, we’ve won Silverstone, we’ve won Brazil. We should have won more, but we’ve still won more than anybody else, so an unbelievable year. And still both drivers are very much in contention for the drivers’ World Championship.”

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5 responses to “Christian Horner: “It’s not down to us to put team orders”

  1. Good idea Christian. Maybe let them decide their salaries too?

  2. cb12000

    This is why I dislike almost every statement that comes out of Christian Horner’s mouth:

    “It’s not down to us to put team orders,” said Horner. “The drivers know that they need each other. It would have been wrong for us this weekend to remove one of the drivers from the World Championship effectively. If they’re in that situation I’ve every confidence that they will do the best thing for the company, which is to ensure that we achieve the best result. Still a few racing laps before we get there.”

    Well of course we know Formula One cars are not remotely controlled. The driver will ultimately execute the team order. Team orders are about leaving the driver in no doubt as to what the team desires be done. Horner has effectively in the same paragraph, tried to take the high moral ground and state that the team will not impose team orders and a sentence later, state what the team wants the driver to do!

    Horner, you are a truly courageous manager! (on the back of your employee).

  3. tom baker

    In my opinion Horner has handled a difficult, pressurized situation about as well as it could be handled all year. He’s also made himself very available to the media and as a result has put his team to the forefront of public awareness.

    The BBC has done a fabulous job with their coverage. Today we were treated to a rare, in depth view of the post race festivities with the title winning constructor Red Bull. It actually made me feel as if I were almost there with them. Highest commendations to the entire broadcast team.

  4. I thought Horner did a great job last weekend using his “no team orders” order to help Alonso win the championship 😉

  5. noahracer

    “It’s not down to us to put team orders,”

    Unless, of course, they might help Vettel.

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