Red Bull has no qualms that F1 dominance could be turn-off for fans

Red Bull has no qualms that its current domination of Formula 1 could be a turn-off for fans

Red Bull has no qualms that F1 dominance could be turn-off for fans

Sebastian Vettel's performance in the Singapore Grand Prix left rivals stunned as he was in a class of his own throughout the race, often lapping two to three seconds quicker than his nearest rivals.

That speed, allied to the 60-point advantage he has over Fernando Alonso in the championship standings, means that he is set to clinch the title well before the final race in Brazil.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that his outfit is determined to avoid a season finale showdown again like last year, where Vettel recovered from a first lap spin to grab the title in Brazil.

"It is not our responsibility to take it to the last race, which hopefully won't happen this year," said Horner, whose team is on course for a fourth consecutive world championship double.

"We have had two bloody close ones that I don't want to go through again.

"After Brazil last year I now have several grey hairs, and Abu Dhabi two years earlier is about as stressful as it gets.

"The important thing for us is winning. We are trying to defend both titles and our job is to try to do that as soon as possible."

Horner admitted, however, that even he was surprised by the extent of Vettel's advantage in Singapore.

"At one point I thought he had found a short cut, because his pace advantage was so significant," he said.

"Of course you have got the benefit of running in clear air, but we saw on Friday that the car was very quick here.

"The only time that we really unleashed him was in the window after the safety car when we said, 'OK, we need to build a gap'.

"But I don't think any of us expected that he would be able to hit 30 seconds in 15 laps or whatever it was that he managed to turn around.

"We have made progress with the car, and Adrian [Newey] and his team are doing an incredible job balancing between the current development and the 2014 challenges.

"The high downforce circuits were not our strong point earlier in the year and it is testimony to the technical team and the hours that are going in that we have come to a maximum downforce track and we have been right on the pace."

shares
comments
Ferrari believes 2014 rules offer best chance to return to F1 glory
Previous article

Ferrari believes 2014 rules offer best chance to return to F1 glory

Next article

Webber denies he interacted with marshals in 'taxi ride' incident

Webber denies he interacted with marshals in 'taxi ride' incident
The pioneering pair who brought a new glory era to an F1 heavyweight  Plus

The pioneering pair who brought a new glory era to an F1 heavyweight 

With the team’s founder now retired and a new boss at the helm, change was coming to Brabham – change that would shape the future of Formula 1. In the third part of our four-part history of Brabham, DAMIEN SMITH examines the effect Bernie Ecclestone had on the team

The combination behind the Silverstone racing battles Hamilton called "F1 at its best" Plus

The combination behind the Silverstone racing battles Hamilton called "F1 at its best"

OPINION: The late battling in the British Grand Prix wowed Formula 1 fans and surely represents the best racing action of the season so far. And there was a cocktail of factors that created the action, from which Carlos Sainz emerged as a popular new winner

How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine Plus

How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine

OPINION: Ferrari won the British Grand Prix with Carlos Sainz, but it ultimately cost Charles Leclerc a chance to make a bigger dent in Max Verstappen's title lead by leaving the Monegasque out on old tyres towards the end. Like Monaco, indecision over strategy proved to be the Scuderia's biggest issue - and if the team doesn't reflect, the headache can only intensify

Formula 1
Jul 5, 2022
The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost Plus

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost

Formula 1 has a newest race winner, in a grand prix the victor appeared to have lost twice, only to charge back to headline a sensational and dramatic British Grand Prix. From a massive start crash to a late sprint finish, here’s how five factors saw Carlos Sainz take his maiden grand prix win

Formula 1
Jul 4, 2022
Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Formula 1
Jul 3, 2022
Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022