Vettel to let Webber win next races

Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel aims to fulfill Red Bull's one remaining goal this season - to help Mark Webber finish second in the drivers' championship.

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Team principal Christian Horner has made Webber's success his priority for the last three races of the 2011 season.

"Mark is a crucial player for us," Horner said.

"His performances have helped us win the constructors' championship.

"He's had a very strong year and we want to get him second in the drivers' championship.

"That's our remaining target for the remainder of the year - to get him a race win and finish the season in style."

When asked whether he will adhere to this strategy, even if it comes at the expense of him winning more races, Vettel said: "Yeah, definitely.

"Mark's not far away now from second, the last couple of races were in some ways a bit rough for him.

"We won the constructors' championship last weekend which was a big thing for the team, but also for the drivers.

"Now with three races left, we hope for the best results possible for ourselves but also for the team."

Vettel's acquiescence is in contrast to his actions in Korea, when he was jokingly branded an 'idiot' over his team radio after going all out to set the fastest lap at the end of the race, instead of cruising over the line.

The two-time champion has also backed Lewis Hamilton after the Briton's impressive second-place finish in Korea, stating the McLaren driver was not 'back' because he "had never been gone".

Vettel said: "He's a very good driver, I respect him a lot.

"Obviously there's always a lot of expectation and pressures on your shoulders and people sometimes wait for you to do things the wrong way.

"They get very excited about it because it might be a good story.

"The moment he has better results is the moment people will start to be quiet again and hopefully leave him alone."

Vettel added that despite becoming the youngest driver ever to win two championships, he did not have Michael Schumacher's record in his sights just yet.

"That's a long, long way away," he said.

"Obviously we've had two phenomenal years, and sometimes people start to get over-excited.

"I don't think you can set the target and say 'okay, I want to win seven titles', or something like that.

"I think what Michael achieved in many ways was outstanding."

Likewise, Horner was quick to quash suggestions that Red Bull could match the kind of hegemony achieved by Ferrari between 1999 and 2008, when the team won eight out of 10 constructors' championships.

"We're focused on the next races, then on 2012," he said.

"The competitiveness of the teams is very, very intense.

"Our goal is to retain the kind of performance that we've achieved in 2011."

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