Mark Webber has hinted that it will soon be time for Red Bull to put its weight behind a single driver in the championship battle, as he pulled further clear of teammate Sebastian Vettel in the standings by finishing second at Spa.
Lewis Hamilton and Webber have made a break in the title chase by finishing first and second in Belgium today. They are three points apart at the head of the standings, with their team-mates Vettel and Jenson Button respectively 31 and 35 points behind Hamilton with six races to go.
When asked if he felt Red Bull should now favor him over Vettel, Webber suggested that the team might have to adopt such a stance if it was serious about beating McLaren to the crown.
"McLaren have won many championships and have a good trophy cabinet, Red Bull have a good trophy cabinet but not as good," said Webber. "I think it depends on how hungry we are to try and do that.
"I think it is too early at the moment to say that [one driver should be prioritized], but maybe there is a different strategy compared to McLaren. It's still too early at the moment but not too far away."
However Hamilton believes that his McLaren team is not yet considering favouring either of its drivers despite the changing points situation.
"I think today Jenson was very unfortunate," said Hamilton. "I get the same treatment as Jenson and vice versa, and that enables us to both score maximum points, so I don't feel there should be any preferential treatment. The team do their best, the maximum for each of us so no more they could do."
He also denied that the title battle was shaping into a straight fight between him and Webber.
"You have seen in the last few races how quickly things can change so we still have a long way to go, and many points to be grabbed by any of us drivers fighting for the championship," said Hamilton.
"The closest rival to me at the moment in terms of points is Mark but I still think the championship is open. We want to make sure that is not the case after another few races."