Horner: Rivals complaints a compliment

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner says his technical staff should take it as a compliment that rival outfits keep complaining about design aspects of its RB6

Horner: Rivals complaints a compliment

With the latest technical dispute revolving around possible flexing of the front wing on Red Bull Racing's car, Horner says he is far from worried about the continual sniping.

And although rival teams have questioned a host of design aspects of the RB6 - including its suspension, diffuser, potential active ride, and camera mountings - Horner says all that matters is that the car remains quick and legal.

"There haven't been many bits they haven't complained about," said Horner in the wake of the team's front wing design getting the all-clear from the FIA after the German Grand Prix. "I suppose there is always the paint colour, or something like that.

"A lot of fuss has been made about the front wing - this week it is the front wing, last week it was the diffuser, the week before it was the suspension, the week before that it was active ride height.

"At the end of the day we are very happy that the car complies with the regulations and the tests that the FIA have carried out. The car is in compliance with the regulations, and I think the technical team should take it is a compliment when others are questioning the legality."

The RB6 has been the fastest car this season, having taken pole position in 10 out of the 11 races held so far, but it has not delivered such dominant form in the races.

Horner believes that the title fight between McLaren, Red Bull Racing and Ferrari remains wide open - and that consistency over the remainder of the season will be key.

"I think the points are deceptive because the gaps look bigger than they actually are under the new points-scoring mechanism," he explained. "You have five drivers who look like they are very much in contention, and three teams.

"I think it will be fascinating over the next eight races to see what happens. There will be some circuits that will hopefully suit us, some that suit McLaren and some that suit Ferrari. Whoever does the most consistent job over the next eight races will ultimately come out on top."

When asked about his feelings for the Hungarian GP, Horner said: "I think it is going to be very interesting this weekend because we believe we should be strong here.

"It is a tight and twisty circuit and we made good progress in medium speed corners and slow speed between the evolution from RB5 and RB6, as we demonstrated at circuits such as Monte Carlo this year.

"We are confident we should be competitive, and it is going to be interesting to see who our main rival is, whether it is Ferrari or if it is McLaren. Ferrari looks like it has found some form with its car at the moment and Fernando has always been quick here, but we are confident we can have a good weekend."

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