Newey stays cautious on Red Bull form

Red Bull Racing technical chief Adrian Newey thinks it too early to judge that it has turned the corner in its title battle with Brawn, despite its crushing one-two finish in the British Grand Prix

Newey stays cautious on Red Bull form

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were dominant throughout the Silverstone weekend, as they made the most of a major upgrade of the RB5 to secure the team's second victory of the campaign.

But although the result points towards what could be a fascinating second half of the season as Red Bull bids to close down the gap to Brawn, Newey concedes that tyre factors clouded just how much of a step forward his team had made.

The cooler than normal temperatures experienced at the British GP left Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello unable to extract the most performance from their tyres - handing the advantage to Red Bull.

"I think this circuit is one that was always likely to suit us, and I was hoping it would suit us anyway," Newey told AUTOSPORT about how much of the team's performance was down to car, and how much the tyre issues.

"It would appear that some other teams had tyre warm-up problems, at which point suddenly the performance difference can be much bigger than it would be at other circuits. So obviously we have got to see how this carries over onto other circuits."

Asked about Brawn's view that the situation could turn around quickly on a more normal weekend, Newey said: "We feel we are in the same position as Brawn feel. I think this circuit has suited us very well, and equally it hasn't suited the Brawn. So it hasn't been a normal weekend - we shall see.

"I will continue to take each weekend as it comes, and do the best we can in those weekends."

Newey has singled out praise for both his drivers, whose competitiveness appears to have helped lift the outfit to new heights.

"I think we have got a very healthy relationship between the two of them. They get on very well and they contribute without holding back to each other.

"An example of that, for instance, was when Mark went off in P2 on Friday. The car stopped mainly as a result of hitting the kerb very hard, and Mark was the first to go and give Sebastian advice about what to do in that situation. So it is a very good relationship and helpfulness between the two drivers, and that brings them and the whole team along."

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