Horner: Webber would have done the same

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Christian Horner has defended Sebastian Vettel’s overtake of Mark Webber in the Malaysian Grand Prix, claiming that the Australian driver would have made the same move had the roles been reversed.

“If Mark Webber had been in that position… we have seen him do the same. Let’s not kid ourselves that this is something unique to Sebastian,” Horner told the Daily Mail.

“He is a race driver, a fiercely competitive individual. You don’t win 27 Grands Prix and three world championships without being a very driven individual.”

Horner had previously called Vettel’s move “silly”, refusing to take the side of either driver. However, following criticism from many members of the paddock, Horner has spoken out to defend triple-champion Vettel, but he did admit that it is impossible to control his drivers on track.

“At times you do not have control of them, as much as you would like to. All you rely on is that they respect each other, the team and the equipment.”

Regardless, Horner believes that Vettel and Webber can still work together well, and repair their relationship in order to prevent Red Bull’s championship challenge being negatively affected.

“They have won three constructors’ championships for the team. As a pairing they have been one of the most successful in Formula One history.

“In three months you go from winning a double world championship in Austin and Brazil, then suddenly it is a drama and a crisis despite a one-two finish in the second grand prix.”

Horner’s comments will only fuel the rumors that Webber could be set to leave Red Bull at the end of the season, backing up his claim on the podium that Vettel has “protection.”

Pirelli’s already revealed tire selections for 2018’s first 3 races

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The 2017 Formula 1 season is barely in the rear view mirror, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to think about 2018.

Pirelli already has to, because flyaway race tire selections have to be made 14 weeks in advance, whereas European races only need to be made eight weeks in advance.

Pirelli will maintain the single-step difference between the soft, supersoft and ultrasoft compounds for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, and also with the medium, soft and supersoft compounds at the Bahrain Grand Prix, which moves up to second on the 2018 calendar.

At the Chinese Grand Prix, Pirelli will have a two-step difference between two of the three compounds on offer. While the medium and soft compounds are used, a greater gap will see the supersofts eschewed for the ultrasofts there as the softest compound on offer.

A helpful graphic is below.