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2013-04-02 10:10

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD: Red Bull's Christian Horner is still having to conduct damage control following the team’s Sepang debacle. Will we see a united Red Bull in China on April 14?

LONDON, England - Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has defended Sebastian Vettel, arguing that Mark Webber has also ignored team orders and that champions do not succeed by being submissive.

Following the "Multi-21" team orders affair at the 2013 Malaysian GP, Red Bull is still dealing with the fall-out of the now apparently broken relationship between its drivers.

After the 2013 Sepang race, s furious Webber was heard saying little to his German team mate except 'Multi-21' - a code apparently meaning "hold station".


Horner told Sky News: "Multi-21 means car 2 ahead of car 1; Multi-12 means car 1 ahead of car 2. It's not that difficult to translate but both our drivers in the last three races have failed to understand those messages. I think we're going to give up on that code. We probably need to try something else."

Vettel has reportedly apologised not only to Webber but to every member of Red Bull's 600 staff.

Horner insisted: "You don't win as much as he has by being submissive. If Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton were in that position, they would do the same.

"If Mark Webber was in that position, he would as well.  So let's not talk about it like it's only Sebastian..."

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