‘What’s going on with your drivers?’: Christian Horner reveals the Queen once quizzed him over Red Bull’s infamous ‘Multi-21’ feud between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber over lunch at Buckingham Palace
- Christian Horner revealed The Queen asked him to explain the ‘Multi 21’ feud
- Tensions between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber came to a head in 2013
- Vettel was behind Mark Webber and he ignored Red Bull’s orders to stay there
- The relationship between the team-mates broke down after the Malaysian GP
Christian Horner has revealed The Queen once asked him to explain the feud between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber after their relationship as team-mates at Red Bull broke down.
German star Vettel rose up through Red Bull’s youth programme to become world champion in 2010 while Australian Webber was brought into the team – therefore there was often a form of tension between the two.
Tensions between them finally came to a head in 2013, during their final season together, when Vettel ignored team orders to overtake in the late stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Queen quizzed Christian Horner over Red Bull’s infamous Multi 21 feud back in 2013
Vettel was behind Webber as Red Bull had both their drivers at the front of the race, and the team ordered him to stay there.
The German was, however, keen to start the season well and secure that fourth title in a row, he ignored that ‘Multi-21’ request and overtook the Aussie to steal the win.
The incident even came to the attention of Her Majesty, as Horner revealed in an interview, in which he recalled a conversation he had with the monarch at Buckingham Palace about that day in Kuala Lumpur.
Tensions between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber came to a head at the Malaysian GP
‘She loved her horses obviously, a real passion of hers, competitive spirit. But I remember being invited to a lunch at Buckingham Palace by herself and Prince Philip,’ Horner told Sky Sports F1.
‘There were very few of us there and she’d obviously been well briefed. And she asked me… we sat down for lunch and she said ‘what’s going on with your drivers? Why don’t they get on?”
Now Red Bull team principal Horner also paid tribute to the Queen, who died on Thursday at the age of 96.
Red Bull team principal Horner (pictured, left) also paid tribute to the Queen who passed away
He added: ‘She was just the most remarkable person, immediately put you at ease. She had a sense of humour as well. She’ll be sorely, sorely missed.
‘It’s just tremendously sad because she’s been the stability for such a long period of time that it’s almost unimaginable to think of her not being there. She’s on every coin, every pound note. It’s just a real shame.’
Formula 1 paid its respects to the Queen with a minute’s silence held in the paddock at Monza ahead of the first practice.
They also plan on paying more respects to Her Majesty ahead of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
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