Horner: Webber and Vettel have a genuine respect for each other
12 July, 2012
Jul.12 (GMM) As he faces his fifth season as teammate to Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber has played down suggestions that his relationship with the young double World Champion is perhaps F1′s most volatile, while team boss Christian Horner attributes mutual respect to their success.
“It’s not easy for both of us to be at the front and I can understand that as both of us are thinking about ourselves sometimes,” Webber is quoted by the Associated Press. “But ultimately we know that we need to get the cars home and get the best results for us and the team.”
“I think no one would really have envisaged how long we have worked together, so that’s probably been a bit of a surprise,” Webber said.
“There are not many teammates staying together for that long in Formula One, but it’s proved to be a successful partnership with both of us working very hard with the key technical members of the team. It’s been a potent operation,” added the Australian.
“They have spent a lot of time racing each other and they have spent hundreds of hours together working on developing the car and I think they have a genuine respect for each other,” he said.
“Sebastian knows [that] in Mark he has a very genuine competitor, and Mark knows [that] Sebastian has been the benchmark for the last couple of years. It’s a healthy situation for the team. I think they now have more experience,” Horner concluded.
Webber joined Red Bull in 2007 as teammate to David Coulthard, and two years later Vettel was promoted from their junior Toro Rosso team into the main operation. Together, Vettel and Webber, have amassed 30 victories and two F1 constructors championship titles for the squad.
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