Red Bull chief Christian Horner has admitted his team’s sub-par performance at the German Grand Prix has acted as a “reminder” that the drivers and constructors championships weren’t quite in the bag yet.
Mark Webber has failed to win in the last five races he has secured pole for, culminating in his third place finish at the Nurburgring having beaten Lewis Hamilton into P1 on Saturday, while Sebastian Vettel recorded his worst result of the season as he scrapped his way to 4th place after a series of mishaps, including a dramatic spin on lap nine that threatened to end his race.
Horner now admits that that his team can no longer count upon the earlier season dominance they enjoyed in the first seven races of the season, and said they would have to continue to push their development hard or face being overthrown by McLaren and Ferrari.
“I think if you look at Valencia, McLaren was down a bit there as well and Ferrari was up a bit, but for sure they are both great teams and they are both pushing very hard,” said Horner.
“We have managed to be competitive at many, many different types of track. We have had pole position at every single GP this year; we have won six out of 10 and been on the podium at every single race, so it is far from a disaster.”
“But for sure this race is a reminder that we cannot back off, and not any member of the team is backing off at the moment. Everybody is pushing flat out.”
Red Bull remain favourites to win the constructors championship while Vettel is leading the way with those who get free bets to retain his world crown.
The German is also being backed by those who bet with paypal for next week’s Hungarian Grand Prix, and should be able to take advantage of the warmer conditions that hindered them in Germany.