Marko, Horner blame Webber and engineer for crash

UPDATE (GMM) Helmut Marko no longer thinks Mark Webber was to blame for the collision that foiled Red Bull's one-two finish in the recent Turkish grand prix.

Marko, the energy drinks company's motor sport advisor, had initially blamed the Australian driver for the crash, despite most experts, pundits and former drivers believing his teammate Sebastian Vettel had turned into the side of Webber's sister RB6.

In an interview provided by the Milton Keynes-based team on Tuesday, team boss Christian Horner said he blames both drivers for the crash.

"Having looked at all the information it's clear that it was a racing accident that shouldn't have happened between two teammates.

"After looking at all the facts that weren't available immediately after the race, Dr Marko also fully shares this view," Horner added.

But while most non-Red Bull team members thought 22-year-old Vettel was to blame, Horner said he thought it "acceptable" that the German tried the move on lap 40.

"Ultimately both drivers should have given each other more room," he said, confirming that Webber had been asked to switch to a fuel-saving engine mode whilst Vettel was able to run at full speed for a couple more laps.

"He (Vettel) appeared to be the faster of the two Red Bull drivers. Had the incident not have happened, I believe we would have achieved a one-two finish," added Horner.

Vettel with Helmut Marko

05/30/10 (GMM) Red Bull's F1 chiefs on Sunday backed Sebastian Vettel after the young German's crash with teammate Mark Webber in the Turkish grand prix.

Australian Webber said the sister RB6 turned into him during the overtaking maneuver, but team advisor Helmut Marko pointed a clear finger of blame at the 33-year-old and his race engineer Ciaron Pilbeam.

"Webber was slower and Vettel had immense pressure from Hamilton," Marko said on German television RTL.

"Unfortunately, Mark was not told about the situation accurately by his race engineer," he explained.

But Marko was also critical of Webber's behavior.

"He had radioed the pits to say he was slower on the straights (than Vettel). He knew the situation and had just been informed about the pressure Hamilton was putting on (Vettel).

"Vettel was so much faster than he had to pass. If Webber and he had braked together, then Hamilton would have passed Vettel," said Marko.

Initially, team boss Christian Horner had indicated he was angry at both drivers, but eventually it was Webber who took the blame.

"It looks as though he didn't leave Sebastian enough space. It was very clear he (Vettel) was by his side and in front. But I still have to speak with both of them," said the Briton.

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