F1 » Horner: There's always situations you can learn from


Christian Horner tells Crash.net Radio that lessons have been learned from an at times fractious F1 2010 campaign for Red Bull Racing - and that things are a lot more 'positive' now between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber

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slightlysideways

December 09, 2010 6:03 PM

“They both know, though, that we have been at pains to provide them with equality to the absolute best of our ability throughout the year.
Come on Christian, switching the front wing from Mark's car is clear evidence that this is a lie, and not the only proof RBR favoured Vettel last season.

I think RBR will have learnt valuable lessons from this season on how to manage drivers, along with how to turn poles into victories-something they were pretty bad at this year.
Horner is lucky his team won the two championships as he would have been in serious trouble had they not!

lucky - Unregistered

December 09, 2010 11:33 PM

I think Red Bull did their best to try and loose the championship this year.
They played the drivers against eachother. Gave clear preference to their unofficial number 1 driver whilst misleading the other. Then have their number 1 driver compete with numerous reliability issues.
They're just lucky they had two really good drivers and a terrifically designed car.
They should get an award for the most miss-managed team of the season.

Mojo Jojo

December 10, 2010 1:10 AM

Say what you want about Horner and the Red Bull team - but they brought home the goods this year, which shows they did something right and made all the right calls.

Remember this is a 5 year old team that has convincingly beaten Ferrari and McLaren, two of the preeminent teams in F1 history.

The choice of which driver they "seem" to have supported may be polarizing to the individual drivers fans, but from a team perspective, you cannot fault them at all because the results were delivered and achieved.

50 Cent - Unregistered

December 10, 2010 4:18 AM

for most parts they were doing okay with an exception for that front wing fiasco that ended up on Vettel's car. Plus dr Elmut needs to back off or make himsel invisible to media and fans.

Vince - Unregistered

December 10, 2010 4:28 PM

@Mojo

No offence, but Red Bull is NOT a 5 year old team. Stewart GP in '97, then Jag F1, and then Red Bull bought the whole operation and run it from '05 on. The '05 car was essentially the next Jaguar F1 car - the only thing 5 years old is the 'Red Bull Racing Team' name. It's not RBR turned up in Milton Keynes, fired all the old staff, scrapped all the current car designs, knocked down the factory and started again. They DID use the previous outgoing Jaguar F1 team and infrastructure (be it staff or equipment) as a base to mount a reasonable mid-field challenge in their first year and carried that forward.

The closest to that statement is Brawn GP last year - although BAR (eventually Honda then Brawn) bought the Tyrell team, they did start with a clean sheet in '99 so to speak by using Reynard to start chassis design rather than the existing Tyrell kit essentially meaning it took that team only 10 years, as opposed to Stewart/RBR's 13.

Vince - Unregistered

December 10, 2010 4:45 PM

Somewhat agree with 'Lucky' comments. I don't think they did their best to loose, but they could have done more to win.

Never have I seen a team manage to snatch, not so much defeat but, a complete lack of success from the jaws of outright victory. They had a car advantage akin to Ferrari back in say 2001/2002 and where those championships were wrapped up with races to spare, this year just dragged on (not in a bad way for us of course)....

Not all of it was their own doing - I suppose the early part of the season was bad luck / car parts, but the middle of the season was bad managing decisions. That's what they need to look at and learn from. Oh, and maybe if Vettel could crash once or twice less each season that'll help.

Otherwise, the last few races / season end I thought they did ok on.

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