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GP Week : Issue 84A
"Our drivers are free to race, but we always demand, always, that they give each other enough room and don't take each other out," said Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner after the race. "This is extremely frustrating." Red Bull had just thrown away 28 points, and fingers were being pointed in all directions. They were in a commanding position when, on lap 40, Sebastian Vettel made a move on race leader Mark Webber. Mark held his line, in no mood to make life easy for the 22 year-old, but didn't anticipate what happened next. Vettel darted to the right before he was past, ramming his sidepod into the Aussie's left-front wheel. Vettel's car flapped like a fish as it ripped of its front wing and punctured its right-rear tyre against the identical RB6. Seb was pitched into an anti-clockwise spin and into retirement. He sprang angrily from the cockpit and made the international sign for 'crazy'. "That's the adrenalin flowing," explained Mark who left the blame for the accident firmly with Seb. "I wanted to make his line as tight as possible and I wasn't at all expecting that [Seb would move right]. It was a f***ing disaster. Not good for the team at all." Reporters crowded around the Red Bull motorhome trying to grab a sound- bite from Seb. One Fleet Street scribe was strong-armed out of the way by a mechanic, as Vettel steamed by uttering nothing. Has the relationship between them soured? "We have to manage it," said Horner, who revealed Vettel had not apologized to the team. "They were both at fault -- they should have given each other the room. I don't see two McLaren's in the fence." McLaren were right on Red Bull's pace today, Hamilton having been right on Webber's tail until a slow stop pushed him 26