Horner: We can take the fight to Mercedes

Horner: We can take the fight to Mercedes

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner believes his team can take the fight to run-away championship leaders Mercedes.0815LW1D3807

The Milton Keynes-based outfit currently sits second in the constructors’ standings, trailing Mercedes by 97 points, with Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo fifth and sixth respectively in the drivers’ championship.

Mercedes has dominated the first four races of the 2014 season, registering four consecutive race wins and three 1-2 finishes. Meanwhile, Red Bull has only scored one podium finish so far this year.

The RB10 has proved to be a strong car through the corners but is lacking straight-line speed. Horner is hopeful that the team can make steps forward at the next race weekend in Spain and says they are not giving up on a fifth world title just yet.

“We’ve got to if we’re going to make a championship of it. We’ve got to take the fight to them,” he told Sky Sports F1.

“We’re going to give it everything. I believe we can take the fight to them, we just can’t concede too much more ground.

“We were 22kph slower on that kilometre straight [in China], that represented almost 100 metres that we were giving away on the straight.

“That’s where we’ve got to improve – it’s quite simple. We know where we’ve got to fix our issues and hopefully there are some steps towards that in Barcelona.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.