Horner: We want to beat Mercedes fair and square

Christian Horner with his  generals on the Red Bull pit wall

Christian Horner with his generals on the Red Bull pit wall

Red Bull arrive in Monte Carlo upbeat, knowing that at the Monaco Grand Prix they have their best chance to halt Mercedes’ dominance of the 2014 Formula 1 world championship, with their RB10 which by all accounts is a pretty handy chassis, only lacking an effective power unit to do the business.

Ahead of the most prestigious race weekend on the Formula 1 calendar, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner told PA, “We know we have a very good chassis, we can see that. It is a matter of working with Renault to get the most out of the engine because at the end of the day the car has to work as a package. So we are supporting as much as we can to ensure the engine moves closer to Mercedes.”

The Silver Arrows team have won all five races thus far, and the title battle has turned into a two horse race between their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Despite this the world champion team boss is not giving up hope, “Mercedes have got themselves into a very strong position, but nobody is unbeatable. We have a great team, great strength in depth, and everybody is up for the challenge. It is a probably a bigger one than we would have liked, but everyone is up for it.”

Sebastian Vettel with Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel with Lewis Hamilton

After four years of dominance, Red Bull are now in unfamiliar territory of doing the chasing after so many years of taking winning for granted.

Horner said of their current situation, “It has really motivated the team, galvanized them and said: Okay, we have something to chase. It is the difference from being the hunted to the hunter. There is a real sense of determination in the team to close this gap down.”

With Hamilton and Rosberg slugging it out in the championship, Horner is not expecting the increasingly hostile battle between the Mercedes pair to do his drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, any favours – in fact he wants quite the opposite.

“Nobody wants [Rosberg and Hamilton to trip each other up]. If we want to close the gap on track we will do it in a racing way. We want to try to beat them, and beat them fair and square,” insisted Horner whose team has won three of the last four grands prix at the principality. (GP247)

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