As the news might be a strong indicator that Vettel has already managed to secure the No 1 position within the Red Bull drivers' lineup – ahead of veteran Mark Webber – Horner insisted that's not the case. He insisted on the fact that the 32-year old Aussie has the same driving technique as his younger teammate and things will work out great in 2010.
“The situation is that both drivers are equipped with absolutely identical material and supported equally. However with the way Sebastian drives, it is logical for a team to develop its car according to his style. And that will inevitably happen in the (2010) RB6. Fortunately Mark has a similar style, which makes the development task substantially easier for the team,” Horner was quoted as saying to Germany's Abendzeitung newspaper.
While clearing that up, Horner actually confirmed that Webber will continue to be part of the Red Bull family in 2010 also. The Australian driver is in his final year of contract with the Milton Keynes team but will likely sign an extension at the end of the season. Officially, though, the two parties are discussing a future deal.
“We have the strongest driver pairing in the field. He (Webber) is driving extremely well, but the season is only half over so we are not in negotiations yet. Both drivers are highly focused and ambitious,” added Horner, who also praised his drivers' behavior towards the media and themselves.
“In this respect I think Red Bull are better than anyone else. Just look at McLaren. That's exactly how we don't want to handle our drivers,” concluded the Red Bull boss.