Christian Horner said it was too early to pin blame on either of his drivers for the collision that denied Red Bull Racing a 1-2 finish in Turkey, but said they should never have given each other so little space.
Red Bull looked set for its third straight victory and its third one-two of 2010 at Istanbul until Sebastian Vettel's lap 41 bid to pass Mark Webber for the lead ended in a high-speed collision. Webber was able to recover to third to retain his drivers' championship lead, but Vettel had to retire.
"From a team perspective, I'm really disappointed because the team had done everything right -- we'd out-strategied the McLarens, who were strong today," Horner said. "To see both cars touch each other was really disappointing.
"I've spoken to Sebastian, he got a run and they should never had been where they were. It's really disappointing for the team. It's cost them a lot of points.
"The priority is to beat the other teams and today we handed 43 points on a plate to McLaren. The team really deserved to win this race. We need to sit down, go through it and come back stronger at the next event."
Horner emphasized that Red Bull allowed the drivers to race each other -- provided they did so fairly.
"What we always ask is that the drivers give each other room," he said. "Today neither yielded, and the result was the team losing a lot of points, Mark losing a lots of points and Sebastian losing a lot of points -- the net result is everybody loses.
"We saw today with Jenson [Button] and Lewis [Hamilton], they raced each other and they gave each other space, and that's what we ask."