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Horner rubbishes conspiracy

Monday 15-April-2013 08:42

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has rubbished claims of a conspiracy against Mark Webber after his Chinese GP weekend went from bad to worse on Sunday.

Webber began Sunday's 56-lap grand prix on the back foot after being excluded from qualifying when his RB9 ran out of fuel. That issue was blamed a bowser not delivering enough fuel into his car.

His day went from bad to worse, though, when fighting through the traffic his front wing was broken on Jean-Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso.

Pitting for repairs - and a new set of tyres - Webber's day came to a premature end when his right rear wheel came loose at the Turn 14 hairpin.

Horner, though, is adamant that despite Webber's numerous problems, which came on the back of the team's Malaysian controversy, there is no conspiracy against the 36-year-old.

"It's complete rubbish, forget conspiracy," said the Red Bull Racing team boss.

"We're all about trying to get two cars to the finish as high as we can.

"Anybody who thinks there is a conspiracy here against either driver does not know what they are looking at."

When it was pointed out to him that Webber had not exactly denied a conspiracy, Horner said: "Mark knows exactly what happened - exactly! That's it. There is no conspiracy."

As for what exactly did result in Webber losing his wheel, Horner says Red Bull will examine the car before put forward any theories.

"Until we get the car back we're not too sure," he said.

"Prior to that he had an incident with Jean-Eric and damaged the front wing and we had a puncture on the left front, so all four wheels were changed and the nose was changed.

"The report from the gun man - who had extra time because it wasn't a hectic stop due to the nose change - was that the right-rear was secure and done up tightly.

"So it's difficult to make any assumptions. Whether it's as a result of the incident, the contact, I don't know.

"Unlikely I would have thought, but until we have all the information it's difficult to draw any conclusions."

The team boss backed his Australian driver to bounce back, confident that the issues of the last two races won't affect his focus.

"He was driving very well and was coming back through the field after we had made some big changes overnight to assist him to do that.

"The way his strategy was going, it was working very well for him and he was back in the thick of it.

"The contact was unfortunate and then to have to retire the car was even more unfortunate.

"But he'll be fine. He's a tough competitor."

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