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2012-10-26 07:46

TAKING ON HIS TEAM MATE: Mark Webber has two race wins to Sebastian Vettel's four in 2012 though he'll continue to battle his team mate for the remainder of the season.

Alan Baldwin

GREATER NOIDA, India - Mark Webber ruled out giving an Indian F1 GP win to championship-leading Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel, chasing his third Formula 1 title in a row, is only six points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with four races remaining while Webber is 63 behind Vettel.

Despite the gap, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has ruled out imposing "team orders", once banned but now legal, until Webber is mathematically out of the running.


Asked by reporters whether he would be allowed to win if Vettel were right behind him at the finish, Webber did not hesitate.

"I will win. That's it."

Questioned again as to whether that meant "win and face the consequences" or "win with the team's backing", Webber continued:
"This weekend if I have a chance to win I will go for it. Mathematically I have a chance (of the title), so if I'm in the lead this weekend, I'm not pulling over for anyone."

Webber has won twice so far in 2012 and was on pole for the South Korean GP, the round before India, with Vettel alongside. They finished 1-2, the first such domination by any team this season, but with Vettel winning after seizing the lead at the start.

Vettel has the momentum, however, and is the bookies' choice for what would be his fourth victory in a row. The 25-year-old also won 2011's inaugural Indian GP.

Asked at a media briefing about possible team orders, Vettel felt it all depended on how the Indian GP developed. "First we need a good start and then we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. It wasn't an issue in the previous. I had a very good start and both of us had a very good race but I don't like talking about these things because there are probably a million scenarios.

"Ultimately I think it will always be different to what you think. I want to stay focused on what really matters and there's a lot to be done before that comes into play."

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