No edge for Alonso from battling Red Bull pair

© Ubaid Parkar, 27 September 2012
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Red Bull isn’t worried that both its drivers are title contenders this season and may take points away from each other; providing championship leader Fernando Alonso an adequate buffer to maintain his grip in the standings.

Since the German Grand Prix in July, Sebastian Vettel has had the edge over teammate Mark Webber but team principal Christian Horner reckons that the Australian is still in the hunt despite the 62-point deficit to the leader.

Red Bull will continue to treat its drivers equally even though Alonso could stand to gain from it, although the Austrian team believes otherwise.

“As long as they are both beating Fernando, it doesn't matter,” Horner told exclusively suggesting that the championship is still wide open. “It's just the way we go racing. Ultimately, you have got to beat all other drivers, not just your teammate.”

Under pressure to perform at Ferrari, Felipe Massa has pledged to assist his teammate in the title race as the Brazilian’s own chances were nailed shut early in the season after a string of poor results.

“If Massa had performed at the same level as Fernando it would have been difficult for all of us,” Horner noted.

“But yeah you can argue it both ways,” he added pointing out that the Brazilian may have made it a bit easier if he had taken points off Alonso.

“It is what it is and we just have to make sure we produce the points,” he said.


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