Christian Horner admits that Red Bull needs to look into its recent poor starts to ensure that they don't cost the team the 2010 F1 titles.

As was the case at Spa, when he bogged down on the line and lost places from pole position, Mark Webber was slow away at Monza and slipped from fourth to ninth on the opening lap, while Sebastian Vettel also went backwards at the start to drop to seventh.

While the pair fought back to finish the race in fourth and sixth, Horner admitted he was concerned that continued poor starts could cost the team in the race for the title.

"The starts weren't fantastic," he told the Press Association. "At Monza you have one of the longest straights into the first corner, so it exposes a weakness, but it's an area we are focused quite hard on.

"We do need to look at it quite carefully because our starts at the beginning of the year were excellent, very strong. But over the last couple of races we've lost a bit of performance on the start line, so whether that's an effect of low downforce is something we need to understand."

While disappointed with the way in which his drivers started the race, Horner was at least happy with how things ended as Webber reclaimed the lead of the drivers' championship and Red Bull extended its lead over McLaren in the constructors' championship.

"For us, Monza represented our biggest challenge," he said. "The fact we managed to outscore McLaren there is massively positive.

"Over the final five races we know there are tracks that should suit us, there are tracks that perhaps will be a bit more marginal between the two teams. But hopefully there won't be the offset we expected to see in Monza."


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