Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Drop PR Line, Fans Not Biting

LONDON - APRIL 4: Artist Tracey Emin's creation of her cat is pictured in front of DJ Chris Tarrents creation of a fish at the Red Bull Art Of Can private view and awards at the The Old Truman Brewery on April 4, 2005 in London, England.  Applicants had to use at least one Red Bull can in their creations, and the evening also features an auction of celebrity entries including a car by David Coulthard, an Olympic inspired medal by Jason Gardener and a shoe by Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Chris MasieroCorrespondent IJune 2, 2010

Red Bull's Christian Horner has posted an in house Q&A discussing the events of Sunday's Turkish GP.

This follows backlash from fans of the company regarding the treatment of one of their Formula One drivers, Mark Webber, after a crash involving himself and Red Bull's other driver Sebastian Vettel.  

Initially, RB sought to blame Webber for the accident, also claiming that he was much slower than his teammate Vettel, and that he was not doing as well with the tires.

Later, it was discovered that Red Bull had made Webber reduce his engine's performance for the three laps prior to the accident whilst they allowed Vettel's engine to be turned up. They then claimed that Vettel had saved 1kg of fuel and was allowed to have high performance setting for one lap more than Webber, this claim has now been changed to "a couple" of laps more performance.

Thousands of messages have been left on the Red Bull's racing website, angry with the blame for the accident being put on Webber, and for the way in which Red Bull has mislead it's fans as to the reasons the pass was attempted.

The latest messages from the team have done little to put out the fire, as many fans seem to have no confidence that the team is giving fair and equal treatment Webber regardless of the current PR assurances.  

Flame wars still rage on the message boards, dominated with shouts of support for Mark Webber, and calls for the removal of Helmut Marko from races—the man at the center of the Team Orders row, and the man responsible for much of the complaints.

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