Sebastian Vettel has dropped the firmest hint yet that he will help teammate Mark Webber if needed to in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Ahead of the season finale at the Yas Marina circuit, Vettel is well aware that he could be called on to sacrifice the race win to Webber, which the Australian would need to be guaranteed the title if main rival Fernando Alonso is their nearest challenger in the race.
With Red Bull Racing saying it will not impose any team orders on its duo, Vettel himself has not yet confirmed what he will do – but has suggested that he knows he has a responsibility to his bosses.
"I think it is pretty clear," said Vettel. "There are lots of things that are going to happen, and more important things before we get to that stage – as we have to focus tomorrow to get the car ready, and then have a smooth qualifying as last year it was quite tricky.
"With lots of things to do, there are better things to spend more energy on than what happens on Sunday. If the situation occurs on Sunday then we know we are driving for the team. We have some occasions where we got close and it didn't get too good, so the main target is not to repeat that. And the rest, we will see."
Vettel has said the only approach he can take for this weekend is to focus solely on the win, and then work out the title implications later.
"It is pretty easy," he said. "Forty years ago, the drivers had no tactics – it was flat-out. The approach has been like that for the last few races for me. It is going to be a long weekend, we will try to do our best and try and put us in a similar position to Korea and last weekend.
"The target is clear. The speed has been there all season and it was not the easiest season for myself. We are still in the hunt and we will try our best. But the clear favorites going into the weekend are Mark and Fernando. I will just try to do my best race and then it depends on where those [other] two guys are."