For many Formula 1 teams the British Grand Prix is their true home race, and although Red Bull are an Austrian outfit the heart of the operation is based at their Mitlon Keynes headquarters not far from Silverstone. Team Principal Christian Horner explains why Round 9 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship is such a highlight of their year and what his team intend to do about Mercedes;
What’s special about the British GP?
Christian Horner: Well, Silverstone is a fantastic event. It’s the Factory’s local event, it’s great that there are so many fans there and it’s a unique atmosphere with all the camping and the smell of BBQs – there’s always a real buzz about the place. I’ve been going there since 1992 and you always get anticipation, in a good way, when you go through the main gates.
And what about the British fans?
CH: They’re among the most knowledgeable in the world and there’s a tremendous support for motor racing in the UK, not just in Formula One, but across all the disciplines of motorsport and they’re some of the most loyal and dedicated fans of all the countries that we visit. We always get a fantastic reception – they appreciate good performances, so irrelevant of the nationality of the driver, they’ve always respected the performance of a sportsman.
It’s the factory’s local race, does that make a difference?
CH: It’s fantastic that we’ve got so many of the factory attending the race, and we have a team grandstand so everyone can sit together and cheer on the guys on track. The factory is only about 20 minutes away from the circuit so it’s fantastic to have so many of the team attend the race, to see their cars that they work on tirelessly all year, it is their one opportunity to see them live in action. And it gives an extra element for the race team as well, knowing their colleagues and families are in the crowd supporting them.
And what sort of show do you think the team can put on for those in the grandstands?
CH: All things being equal obviously the Mercedes have got such an advantage at the moment it’s going to be tough to beat them, but as we saw in Montreal recently, anything can happen and we’re going to be pushing hard. Renault are working hard on their side and hopefully we can give them a bit of a run for their money. (GP247-Red Bull F1)