Horner: 'Submissive doesn't win'

2013-04-02 10:10

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..."


  • Cobus Fenwick - 2013-04-02 12:02

    If, If, If they said nothing, we would have had racing!!! With all the different buttons on the steeringwheel and all the things that the drivers should now, do you really think that they would get confused by what "Multi-21" means? Rather shut up and try and fix, than to make excuses for talented drivers with common errors. RedBull is going down and they caused it and still causing more downfall. True colours shows when the occasion demands.

  • guy.brown.9277 - 2013-04-02 12:39

    Sick and tired of team orders. Its called Racing for a reason...

  • peter.t.viljoen - 2013-04-02 13:44

    F1 may be the pinnacle of technology, but it is far from the pinnacle of racing. Consider that there are sometimes more changes of the lead in one NASCAR race than there are overtaking maneuvers in an entire season of F1. Let the racers race and stop reducing F1 to a business orientated R & D function.

      Richard G Austin - 2013-04-02 20:49

      Nascar is interesting but remains sort of contrived and fits the American Psyche for immediate gratification. Ultimate going around in circles!

  • James Williams - 2013-04-03 00:17

    So Horner is actually saying that a driver gets more respect for ignoring team boss orders? So next time Horner says Multi 21 over the radio, Vettel and Webber can just tell him Upyours 21, we're doing our own thing.

  • Oscar Twentytwo - 2013-04-03 11:03

    @Richard.I'd rather watch a 300 lap "round-and-round" RACE then a 50 lap pre-determined outcome farce disguised as a race - its insulting actually. I 100% buy the argument of whats good for "the team" but then just have a constructors and get rid of the drivers championship.Do you prefer the psyche of getting spoon fed your race results....?

  • Mohamed Faheem Sader - 2013-04-03 22:56

    Heart goes out to Webber. How many times has he aided Vettel to help him become the 3 times world champion that he is. Orders or not Vettel should have not pulled that move. What he failed to understand was the year is young and he may need him down the line. Now he doesn't have that life line.

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