I’ve been holding back from going too over the top and suggesting that maybe Red Bull is in incredible disarray, with infighting between the Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel camps really threatening to jeopardize the season.
I’m almost willing to suggest it at this point. Red Bull is just shouting so loudly that everything is OK, that there are no favorite drivers, etc.
I can’t help but wonder if Webber threatened to quit or at least vowed not to sign that 2011 extension.
Here’s the latest from Horner, which only fuels my skepticism about the team:
You may have already read on the team website my answers to some of the important issue which were raised after the grand prix on Sunday. I do however want to address you, the fans of Red Bull Racing directly.
There has been a lot of criticism on the sites and within the Community and while I can’t answer every point, there are some which need to be addressed.
Firstly, the accident itself was a racing incident. We have two very capable, very determined drivers in what has proved so far this season to be a very quick car. With the McLarens putting immense pressure on our two drivers Mark and Sebastian reacted the way you would expect racing drivers to respond: they raced each other. This has happened many times between them over the last 18 months, and previously they abided by what we have always asked: that as team-mates they show respect for each other and allow one another enough room on the race track.
Secondly as far as blame goes, we win as a team and we lose as a team and on Sunday we lost as a team. Having looked at all the information it’s clear it was a racing accident that shouldn’t have happened. After looking at all the facts that weren’t available immediately after the race, the entire team, Dr Marko included, fully shares this view.
Thirdly we now have to re-group. We are a strong team and we’ll sit down and discuss what we can learn from this incident. We have immense team spirit here at Red Bull Racing, both Sebastian and Mark are intelligent individuals and we will have the situation resolved before we go to Montreal.
And finally as I have always pledged, both drivers, will continue to be given equal treatment. The Turkish Grand Prix has been a costly lesson for both drivers and we are confident that this situation won’t happen again.
We still have a long way to go this year until Abu Dhabi and whichever Red Bull Racing driver you’re behind in the fight for the world championship, I hope we – and they – can count on your support,
If this letter contained something really new, I’d feel better. But it is just more of the same, sent into a different forum.
Folks. I’m really starting this think it’s unraveling on Horner. I don’t want to be shrill. I’m just… wow. I’m just stunned by how heavy-handed and ham-fisted the response continues to be.