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Webber won't leave, insists Red Bull boss

Red Bull driver Mark Webber, left, with team principal Christian Horner at the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber, left, with team principal Christian Horner at the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Red Bull driver Mark Webber furious with team after British Grand Prix victory
  • Team principal Christian Horner decided to give Webber's new front wing to Sebastian Vettel
  • Webber still won at Silverstone after overtaking his teammate at the first corner
  • Horner says the Australian would not give up having such a competitive car

(CNN) -- Red Bull boss Christian Horner has downplayed suggestions that driver Mark Webber might seek to leave the Austrian Formula One team following more friction at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Webber was furious with his team despite winning his third race of the season at Silverstone to move within 17 points of championship leader Lewis Hamilton of McLaren.

The Australian was angry after having to give teammate Sebastian Vettel the new front wing from his car due to team orders minutes before qualifying on Saturday after the German's piece broke during morning practice.

Webber, who went into qualifying with the old front wing but still qualified second on the grid behind Vettel, told reporters after the race: "Honestly I would never have signed a contract again for next year if I believed that that was the way it was going to be going forward."

We are more together as a team than we have ever been. That's why we can punch above our weight
--Christian Horner
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But Horner confirmed Webber is still committed to the team despite the outburst.

"Mark has a contract with us for the future," he told the UK Press Association. "We've provided him with a car that has enabled him to run at the front, win grands prix and challenge for the world championship.

"I doubt very much he is going to walk away from that. At the end of the day, Mark is a team player."

Webber also used the old design in the race, and the 33-year-old dominated after coming out on top in a first-corner tussle with Vettel.

He then made his feelings clear, telling his team the victory was "not bad for a number two driver" over the in-car radio.

But Horner played down the incident -- the second between the drivers this season after they collided in Turkey.

"We are more together as a team than we have ever been," Horner told PA.

"You've only got to look at the commitment at the pit stops where the car crews are combined, and that's the strength of this team that as a squad, as a group, they work for each other.

"That's why we can punch above our weight and take on the likes of McLaren and Ferrari, because of the team spirit.

"As for the drivers, I don't think there is any driver in this pit lane that doesn't push for themselves, as well as the team.

"They're competitive animals, sportsmen, at the end of the day, and that's what we employ them to be."