Horner set for more Seb talks
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner will hold further clear-the-air talks with Sebastian Vettel before the next grand prix in China.
But Horner has refused to say whether he will sanction his scheming driver.
Vettel on Sunday tarnished his reputation as a three-times Formula One world champion when he blatantly ignored team orders to claim the 27th win of his career in the Malaysia Grand Prix.
It has sparked another outbreak of civil war within Red Bull, leaving Mark Webber to ponder his future over the next couple of weeks as he knows what threadbare trust previously existed between himself and Vettel has now been severed.
Believing he could coast to the line after the final pit stop 14 laps from the finish as he led Vettel, that illusion was quickly shattered when the German attacked.
Despite Horner taking to the radio to admonish Vettel, his words fell on deaf ears as the feuding duo went wheel to wheel, with the 25-year-old ultimately holding sway to take the chequered flag.
Despite Vettel later apologising to the team and Webber, Horner made clear the situation by stating Vettel "put his interests beyond what the team's position was".
In many other sports, a sportsman who takes such a stance would be hauled over the coals, and in football, for instance, be fined two weeks' wages - which in Vettel's case would likely amount to around £600,000.
Asked as to whether he would implement any measures against Vettel, Horner replied: "It's the type of thing we will talk about behind closed doors.
"He and I have had a discussion already, and taking the emotion out of it, and with time to reflect we'll have another discussion before the next race."
Horner also has no doubt Webber will not walk away from the team or F1, despite admitting he thought about "many things" over the final laps of the race.
For the Australian, the action Vettel took yesterday is likely the straw that broke the camel's back with regard to their previously fractious relationship.
Despite that, Horner said: "It will take time for this to cool down, but what's done is done, and we can't change it.
"The team's position is clear and Mark knows what the position is.
"The team didn't manipulate any situation, there was no conspiracy, so why he needs to think about his future or anything like that is pure emotion.
"In the heat of the moment there is always going to be emotion."
Examining the flipside of the situation, Horner at least now knows neither of his drivers are patsies, even if it was not the way he would have wanted to make such a discovery.
"Let's be honest, there has never been a great deal of trust since Turkey in 2010," said Horner, referring to the crash between the two as Vettel tried to pass Webber for the lead.
"They've never been the best of mates, they're never going to spend Christmas together.
"If you think of the final race of last season (in Brazil), Mark was told to hold position and started racing him. These things happen.
"They are race drivers, they will push to the limit, that's what their DNA is, that's why we sign them to do the job they do, and why they have performed so well for us over the past few years.
"We employ them because they are very driven individuals. If either was submissive to the other, that's not what we want in a racing driver.
"Seb is competitive, hungry, and he hasn't won the championships he has by not pushing the limits - and he pushed those with his team-mate and with the team."
Given the undeniable rift between Vettel and Webber, that could play into the hands of Red Bull's rivals this season should there be an acrimonious repeat further down the line.
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Horner now has his hands full in dealing with the situation.
"Drivers are competitive things aren't they, so it's a challenge," said Whitmarsh.
"Obviously you have to sit down and deal with them because they are putting themselves, presumably, in breach of contract, and the team is bigger than any driver."
Lotus boss Eric Boullier knows he would not like to be in Horner's shoes as he said: "I've not experienced anything like it, and I'm not in a rush to do so.
"But it's not easy. They are going to have to define what the strategy is for the team."