After locking out the front row of the starting grid for the eighth time in 17 races in F1 2010 for this weekend's inaugural Korean Grand Prix, Christian Horner fears the only element that can prevent Red Bull Racing from similarly converting that into an eighth victory of the campaign is the elements themselves.
Whilst Fernando Alonso might have thought he had pulled a rabbit out of the hat by setting the pace on his opening attempt in the all-important Q3 top ten shoot-out – and then lowering that benchmark again on his second run – that was to contend without the Red Bull steamroller of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, who both dipped comfortably underneath the Ferrari star's time as the chequered flag fell.
Yet another dominant performance from the title-chasing RBR duo, their efforts on race day this season have all-too-often been hampered or even scuppered altogether by various different factors – and the energy drinks-backed outfit's team principal Horner hopes the 60 per cent chance of precipitation in Korea on Sunday doesn't become another one.
“A fantastic team performance today,” underlined the Englishman. “A one-two start on the grid at this new circuit is a great result, and the drivers were again split by the narrowest of margins. They elected to take different strategies in Q3; Sebastian focused on two one-lap runs, while Mark elected to do two laps on his last run.
“The difference between the two of them was almost identical to the gap in Japan, so a great team performance. We need to continue this tomorrow, and hopefully the weather won't interfere with the race.”
“A really impressive performance from our two drivers on this new track,” agreed Renault's engine co-ordinator at Red Bull, Fabrice Lom. “We are the first team in history to have pole and the first front row on the grid in Korea, so we are very proud of that.
“It's also good for the championship, as Alonso is behind us with the McLarens further back, so we are in good shape. Let's hope there's not too much rain, as predictions are not good for tomorrow's weather – but we will prepare with our usual professionalism.”