Christian Horner has warned Red Bull Racing's F1 2010 rivals and detractors that their constant sniping about the perceived illegality of the RB6's design will only act as 'added motivation' for the energy drinks-backed outfit to claim both world championship trophies this year.
Having staved off accusations that its Adrian Newey-penned challenger was employing some kind of outlawed active ride-height suspension earlier this season – a claim subsequently dismissed by FIA investigations – there have recently been repeated suspicions that Red Bull's new flexible front wing is flexing rather too much at high-speed, causing McLaren-Mercedes and Mercedes Grand Prix to lobby the FIA for a more stringent load test to be conducted, pressure to which the sport's governing body has now bowed [see separate story – click here
The concerns have been raised due to the RB6's peerless raw pace – as evinced by either Sebastian Vettel or team-mate Mark Webber setting pole position for all-bar-one of the twelve grands prix to-date this year – and particularly the car's sheer margin of dominance at both Silverstone and the Hungaroring of late, on both occasions lapping some seven-or-eight tenths of a second out-of-reach of anybody
World championship leader Webber has already suggested that RBR's adversaries would be better-served by looking to try to improve their own contenders rather than perpetually seeking to find fault with the F1 2010 pace-setter [see separate story – click here
] – and the Milton Keynes-based squad's team principal Horner agrees, underlining the fact that the car has consistently passed FIA scrutineering and that the level of success is simply testament to ingenuity, hard work and playing to the RB6's strengths.
“I think our guys will take it as added motivation,” the Englishman is quoted as having said by ITV-F1
. “When you've got a quick car it's inevitable that people will question, why is it so quick? One week it's one item, the next week it's another item.
“I think that under Adrian's leadership the whole technical team, the whole production team and all the members of the team are doing an unbelievable job. There will be circuits that play to other teams' advantages, and we've had to exploit our advantage which has obviously been the chassis [in Hungary].”