Red Bull set to meet as crash intrigue deepens



Red Bull's clear-the-air meeting, to be attended by both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, will take place at the team's Milton-Keynes headquarters on Thursday.

The meeting comes amid new developments in the wake of last Sunday's collision of the two RB6 cars whilst they led the Turkish grand prix.

While team figures have backed away from pointedly blaming Webber for the incident, isolated as a scapegoat could be his race engineer Ciaron Pilbeam.

Already heavily criticised by Dr Helmut Marko, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport claims that Pilbeam not only failed to pass on information about the charging Vettel, but actually told Webber to use his overtake button to repel the attack.

Red Bull has said Webber was - unlike Vettel - in a fuel-saving engine mode at the time of the contact, and was also struggling with tyre wear.
And in quotes published by British newspapers The Independent, the Mirror and the Telegraph, boss Christian Horner revealed that Webber asked the team to advise Vettel to back off the lap before the crash.

"There was no way you could do that because of the McLarens being right there," said the Briton.

And team advisor Marko told Bild newspaper: "Mark had radioed the pits to say he was having problems and was slow."

Also slow was his pitstop, 33-year-old Webber claimed after the race, joking that his crew "put fuel in, I think".

According to some German reports, video footage exists of Horner mouthing "pass!" on the pitwall in the moments immediately before Vettel's overtaking attempt.

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Grid girls are seen before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.
Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes walks in the paddock before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on May 30, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey.
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing walks in the paddock before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing walks in the paddock before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.
Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari and Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP walk back to the paddock after attending the drivers parade before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Spectators show a banner reading 'in Schumi I trust' on the stands prior to the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit racetrack.
McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures prior to the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit racetrack.
Drivers wait for the green light at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Drivers take the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber leads at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber leads at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix, at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Mercedes GP's German driver Nico Rosberg drives ahead of Renault f1's Polish driver Robert Kubica at the Istanbul Park circuit on May 30, 2010.
McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing through the field into the first corner at the start of the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Mercedes GP's German driver Michael Schumacher drives at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber drives ahead of Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia leads McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany steers his car during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel stands by his car at the Istanbul Park circuit after he crashed on May 30, 2010, during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
A crane lifts the car of Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel after he crashed at the Istanbul Park circuit.
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes leads from team mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes on his way to winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix.
McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Istanbul Park circuit.
McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads his teammate McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain, during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit racetrack.
McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain crosses the finish line to win the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit racetrack.
Second placed Jenson Button congratulated race winner Lewis Hamilton of McLaren in parc ferme.
McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber pose on the podium of the Istanbul Park circuit on May 30, 2010, after the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button and Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber.
McLaren Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium of the Istanbul Park circuit.
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing gives interview to the media in the paddock after colliding with his team mate Mark Webber of Australia.
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes celebrates on the podium after winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.
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Niki Lauda thinks German Vettel, 22, is clearly the team's number one driver.

"Whoever thought previously that Webber is the number two was well informed," the triple world champion is quoted by German-language spox.com.

"It was only because the team wanted to influence the race that it got messed up," the Austrian continued.

Red Bull insists that Webber and Vettel are treated equally, but Marko is quoted as saying appointing a number one would be an "easier" strategy.

"But that is not in the spirit of our team," he insisted.

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Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber of Australia meets actor Gerard Butler on the grid before the start of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Paris Hilton with Renault girls.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia leads the field after the start of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia leads the field after the start ahead of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, Renault driver Robert Kubica of Poland and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack.
Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6 leads at the start of the race.
McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain goes off track as smoke comes out of the engine during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack.
McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain car gets pushed by marshalls off track as smoke comes out of the engine during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.
The safety car leads the field after the start of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia leads his teammate Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.
The car of Williams driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany is towed beside the track after an accident the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack.
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10 started the race from the pit lane.
BMW Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan steers his car during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.
Mercedes Grand Prix driver Nico Rosberg of Germany leads his teammate Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack.
McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car at the Monaco racetrack.
Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber drives ahead of Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel and Renault F1's Polish driver Robert Kubica at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.
Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives ahead of HRT F1's Brazilian driver Bruno Senna at the Monaco street circuit.
Force India's German driver Adrian Sutil drives at the Monaco street circuit.
Drivers passe by the crashed car of Lotus racing's Italian driver Jarno Trulli and HRT F1's Indian driver Karun Chandhok at the Monaco street circuit.
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.
Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing leads from Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing and Robert Kubica of Poland and Renault as he drives on his way to winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit.
Red Bull's Mark Webber on his way to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia celebrates crosses the finish line to win the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia celebrates after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia celebrates on his car after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 16, 2010.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia, winner, celebrates with his teammate second place Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany after the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.
Race winner Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme with Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal
Race winner Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing on the podium with HSH Prince Albert of Monaco (MON) and Jackie Stewart (GBR)
Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates with the trophy after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia celebrates spraying champagne after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 16, 2010. In background are seen second place Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, and third place Renault driver Robert Kubica of Poland
First placed Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates with second placed team mate Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit.
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Added Lauda: "In terms of the team, Webber is to blame (for the crash) because they wanted him to wave Vettel past. But that would be team orders and not allowed."

He also points out the current difficulty, with Vettel apparently favoured but Webber leading the world championship and 15 points clear of the sister car.

"I would be logical for the team to focus on one driver, but usually that would be the one who is in front," said Lauda.

Webber wrote on his Twitter on Wednesday: "Bloody hell guys, thank you for your support. Sport can be amazing sometimes, huh, that's why we love it!

"Head down for Canada," he added.
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