Red Bull plays down its advantage in Formula 1 constructors' battle
|By Jonathan Noble
||Tuesday, May 29th 2012, 10:42 GMT
Red Bull does not feel it has stamped its authority on this year's Formula 1 constructors' championship, despite extending its lead in Monaco by becoming the first team to win two races.
The reigning champion team currently holds a 38-point margin over closest rival McLaren in the teams' standings.
But with F1 proving so competitive this season, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner knows that one slip up can be enough to wipe away its advantage.
"It [leading the championship] is the result of good team work, but there is an awfully long way to go," explained Horner.
"Points can disappear just as quickly as they came. The team is working tremendously well, and it is a tough year this year because of the regulation changes and particularly the tyre complexities. But I feel we are working in a really great way."
McLaren had started the campaign as the team to beat, but its form over recent races has slipped away. Even so, Horner reckons that any of the frontrunning outfits this year have what it takes to win the title.
"This weekend has not been a great weekend for them [McLaren], but as you see, form has see-sawed. Don't forget that Pastor Maldonado lapped us two weeks ago, so form does vary. It would be foolish to discount a team of the quality of McLaren or Ferrari."