Christian Horner insists that Red Bull Racing is content to let its Formula One rivals pound around Valencia's Circuit Ricardo Tormo in testing this week, confident that its 2010 challenger will be on the pace before the season's opening race in Bahrain next month.
Although the team has previously been a late arrival at testing, running an older car to gain data while its latest model was prepared, neither Mark Webber or Sebastian Vettel is yet locking horns with the likes of Michael Schumacher and world champion Jenson Button on track in Spain, giving Adrian Newey and his technical team as much as time as they need to get the RB6 fully honed.
"The main thinking was, as we did last year, to give Adrian and our designers as much research and development time as possible," Horner confirmed in an interview with Reuters
, "It's a better strategy to maximise development time. It served us well in 2009 and with, two tests in Jerez and one in Barcelona [still to come], we feel that is sufficient preparation for the season.
"It's an aggressive approach but, as you've seen, the reliability of the current cars is extremely high and, last year, I think, on the first day of [running the] RB5, we did 90 laps at Jerez. We have similar high targets for this year and I don't think there is any gamble."
Horner also admitted that the team was happy to see many of its rivals adopting design principles introduced by Newey on last year's RB5, with Ferrari and others to have unveiled their 2010 cars introducing front end treatments that mimic the machine that ended the 2009 season out front.
"We have maintained total focus on our own performance and development," Horner revealed, "We have had continuity across all aspects of the team - we follow with interest some of the other developments, but we are happy focusing on ourselves. I'd be more than happy for others to have the headlines at the moment."