Red Bull not expecting easy race
|By Jonathan Noble||Sunday, August 1st 2010, 08:03 GMT|
Red Bull Racing is refusing to get carried away that its dominant form so far in Hungary means only extreme bad luck can stop it sealing an easy 1-2 finish.
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have been well clear of the opposition throughout this weekend, and easily locked out the front row of the grid from closest rivals Ferrari.
Although their pace makes them clear favourites for victory, team principal Christian Horner is not expecting an easy walkover in the race.
"The margin is very impressive," Horner admitted to AUTOSPORT. "The team did an excellent job in producing a very dominant qualifying session on not one of the longest laps, so to have a 1.2 seconds advantage to P3 in qualifying is very, very impressive.
"But we often see in the race that the margin is somewhat less. So the start, the first corner and the first lap will be very important."
With title rivals McLaren struggling for good pace at the Hungaroring, the race provides a perfect opportunity for Red Bull to make big strides in closing down the gap in the title standings.
But Horner denied there is any more need to take points here than there has been at any other race so far this year.
"There is still a long, long way to go," he said. "We have to take each day as it comes, and there are the same points here as there were available last weekend.
"We are starting in the best possible place at a circuit that is traditionally hard to overtake at, and the team is very determined to try and reduce the gap to McLaren in both the constructors' and the drivers' championships.
"But I think we have just got to focus on doing the best job we can in the race. If we get a good start, a good clean first lap and a good pitstop, with good reliability, then we should be in good shape.
"The car is performing fantastically well, the drivers are very comfortable and very confident in the car, and they both have said it is an absolute pleasure to drive at this circuit. That is a compliment to the design and production team in Milton Keynes."