Red Bull says F1 title battle is still a four-way fight

Red Bull thinks that the Formula 1 title battle is still a four-way fight, even though it is leading both championships after the first flyaways

Red Bull says F1 title battle is still a four-way fight

Sebastian Vettel is the only driver to have won more than one race so far this season, and he currently holds a 10-point advantage in the drivers' standings over Kimi Raikkonen.

Although Red Bull's rivals are convinced that the RB9 is the out-and-out fastest car, the Milton Keynes-based team is less sure about the situation.

In a season when looking after tyres is as important as pure speed, Red Bull chief Christian Horner reckons that things are closer than they look, and that any of the top four teams can emerge on top.

"Ferrari is strong, Lotus has a good car, and the Mercedes certainly over a single lap is very strong," explained Horner, whose team is chasing a fourth consecutive world championship this year.

"The rest are a step behind.

"It's close, it's tight and I'm sure it's going to move around from circuit to circuit as we head back to Europe.

"But having won two of the four races plus a second place, it has been a strong start to the campaign for us."

Despite not getting complacent about championship ambitions, Horner does think that the extent of Vettel's pace advantage in Bahrain was never made evident, because he was more concerned with looking after his tyres.

"Seb did a phenomenal job of managing the tyres," said Horner, reflecting on Vettel's performance.

"He was totally in control from the moment he took the lead, passing Nico Rosberg and then controlled the race beautifully.

"At no point was he ever threatened - and in the end it was a very dominant win."

shares
comments
Michael Schumacher to drive Mercedes F1 car at the Nordschleife
Previous article

Michael Schumacher to drive Mercedes F1 car at the Nordschleife

Next article

FIA sticks with telemetry supplier despite continued issues

FIA sticks with telemetry supplier despite continued issues
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