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Webber will take any win



31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Red Bull's Mark Webber admits he is prepared to win the Formula One championship with the assistance of team orders on Sunday.

The F1 season concludes at Abu Dhabi this weekend with an unprecedented four drivers vying to become world champion.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso holds a slim eight-point lead over Webber on the drivers' table with Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel a further seven points adrift.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is not out of the running either, though the Briton needs his higher-placed rivals to perform uncharacteristically poorly if he is to take out the title.

Much of the pre-race talk at Abu Dhabi has centred on team orders, specifically whether Vettel will let Webber pass him into the lead if the young German secures another pole position on Saturday.

Red Bull principal Christian Horner and owner Dietrich Mateschitz insist they will not instruct their drivers to engineer a championship, but Webber said he would not turn down a 'tainted' victory.

"In a little while from now people wouldn't remember about any team orders," Webber said.

"They only remember the winner. There have been many championships won in the past with team orders and there will be many more in the future. That's the way it is in Formula One."

Regardless, Webber's plan remains the same - lead the race in Abu Dhabi.

Webber's best hope at securing the title is to finish first in Abu Dhabi and see Alonso cross the line third or worse, and the Australian said he planned to get out to an early lead and let the race take care of itself.

"Everybody is talking about positions, but what if I am leading the race?" he said.

"I am trying to win the race. So there are no discussions. The best situation is if I lead the whole race and win, and if this is not going to happen then we will see."

Asked if he planned to go over the situation with his team-mate prior to the race, Webber was non-committal.

"I don't know. Let's wait until after qualifying," Webber said.

"If I am on pole there is not much to talk about. If Seb is in front, then maybe."

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