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Horner: Webber and Vettel will do what is right for Red Bull

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is flanked by Sebastian Vettel (L) and Mark Webber aftter the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is flanked by Sebastian Vettel (L) and Mark Webber aftter the Brazilian Grand Prix.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Red Bull say no team orders will be given in the final race of the Formula One season
  • Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel can both still win the drivers' championship
  • Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is currently eight points clear of Webber and 15 in front of Vettel
  • Lewis Hamilton can also still claim the title with victory in Abu Dhabi

(CNN) -- Red Bull team principal Christian Horner insists there will be no team orders in Abu Dhabi as drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel battle for the Formula One title.

But he says he is convinced both will do "whatever is right for the team" if one has a shot at lifting the drivers' championship on Sunday, despite their fractious relationship this season.

The Red Bull pair are hot on the heels of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who remains eight points clear of Webber and 15 clear of Vettel after finishing third at Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Alonso can wrap up the title with a second placed finish behind Webber in Abu Dhabi but if Vettel were to take the checkered flag, Alonso can come fourth and still be crowned champion.

After Red Bull secured the constructors' championship in Sao Paolo thanks to Vettel's win and Webber's second place, Horner says the team will back both drivers equally.

At the end of the day I am sure they will do whatever is right for the team. I have zero doubt about that
--Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal
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"At the end of the day I am sure they will do whatever is right for the team. I have zero doubt about that," Horner was quoted as saying by the UK Press Association.

"So there will be no team orders, and I don't think there are any difficult decisions to be made.

"If they find themselves in a situation where one, because he can't win, needs to help the other then I can only imagine that they will do that. It will have to be a driver decision."

Relations between the two Red Bull drivers have been strained this season and prior to the race in Brazil Webber again accused his team of favoring his German colleague.

But after the pair completed a Red Bull 1-2 on Sunday, Vettel was coy when asked if he would allow his teammate to pass him if it meant the Australian won the F1 title.

"It's one week away," he told a press conference. "As a kid, I never liked it when my parents teased me for something and didn't answer my question, so now I'm in a good position to tease you, so you will see."

But though Horner insisted there would be no team discussions about the title or team orders given on the day, he suggested Vettel would step aside if the situation demanded it.

"Nobody has a crystal ball, and nobody can foresee what will happen next weekend," added Horner. "But you only have to look at the characters of the individuals who drive for us to recognize they will do their best to ensure the best team results.

"Had there been a situation in Brazil, if Fernando had been ahead, then Sebastian would have done what was right for the team."