Christian Horner insists that Red Bull's success in Bahrain was helped by the fact that the team remained focused on its work on track and tried not to led the political storm surrounding the fourth round of the F1 season detract from the job at hand.
Sebastian Vettel converted the team's first pole position of the season into a first victory at the Sakhir circuit to become the fourth different winner in as many races, leaving Red Bull top of both championship standings on the return to Europe.
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, Horner said that the defending champions had simply focused on the job they were in Bahrain to do despite admitting it was a difficult weekend for the sport.
“We've focused on motor racing this weekend,” he said. “We've tried to come here to focus on the fourth Grand Prix of the year, and that's exactly what we've done. All the races carry the same points. It's a great team performance for us and we now head back to Europe leading the championship, but it's obviously been a difficult weekend for the sport. We focused on what we were here to do.
“I think ultimately F1 has received an awful lot of attention this week, and it's very easy to have opinions. I think we focused on the sport. It's a sporting championship, and at the end of the day, there's 20 races. We've come here, we've done our best and we've won the race that we so nearly won two years ago had it not been for a spark plug. We now need to move on and focus on the next race.”
Horner wouldn't be drawn on whether or not he felt Bahrain should be on the calendar, arguing that it was a decision for the FIA to take in future and not one for the teams to force.
“We are competitors at the end of the day and we enter the championship, and we trust in the governing body to make the right decisions,” he said. “It's not for the teams to dictate what the calendar is; it never has been. That is not the role of the teams. We enter a championship to do all the races and we trust the judgments of the commercial rights holder and, ultimately, the FIA, who are responsible for the safety not just of the drivers but the spectators, the participants and everybody at a Grand Prix.”