Would you a) toe the company line, try to make out that it was no one’s fault, and state publicly that it was “an unfortunate” racing incident?
Would you b) call it how it is, risk the wrath of your bosses at Red Bull, and screw the consequences in the name of integrity?
Or would you c) go home, have a nice cup of tea, ignore the world’s press and hope that the whole thing blows over by Canada?
Following a press release issued yesterday, it’s now clear which option Christian Horner has plumbed for. He said that all factions of the team, including Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko – who had initially blamed Webber for the accident – now believed that both drivers should share the blame for what happened.
“Having looked at all the information, it’s clear that it was a racing accident that shouldn’t have happened between two team mates” said Horner. “Ultimately both drivers should have given each other more room…
Dr Marko also fully shares this view” he said.
Er, since when is the driver being overtaken obliged to move over and give the other driver more room? Fact is, there was already enough space for Vettel to get by – which leads to only two explanations as to what happened next.
Either Vettel got a bit out of shape under brakes, slid to right slightly during the overtake and hit Webber’s car as a result; or he actually steered to the right to give Webber the racing equivalent of the finger as he went by – except it went wrong and he clouted his team-mate by mistake.
In both scenarios, however, it would appear to have been Vettel’s fault. To state anything else in public would therefore seem to indicate that there is genuinely a bias within the team. Which is a shame, but also understandable considering it’s motor racing we’re talking about here.
But what would also be understandable is if Mark Webber gets a bit feisty for the rest of the season, especially if the rumours about him going to Ferrari next year have any truth in them. Let’s just hope that he and Vettel don’t end up one and two on the grid in Canada – although I’m sure the Red Bull management could find out new ways of describing what happened should they take each other off at the first corner…