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Horner: We want to win every remaining race
8 August 2011
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner insists that there will be no 'cruise and collect' philosophy from the Milton Keynes squad over the rest of the 2011 F1 season, despite both RBR and Sebastian Vettel holding commanding points advantages over their rivals.
The German, who has not won since Valencia in late June, currently enjoys an 83-point cushion - and over RBR team-mate Mark Webber to boot - while Red Bull is 103 points clear of McLaren but, with the Woking team having won the last two races before the summer break, Horner maintains that there can be no letting up from his squad.
"We work as a team and the drivers don't need to tell the team we need to respond," he told BBC Sport before F1 shut down for its mandatory two-week 'holiday', "Ferrari and McLaren are going through a competitive phase, but we're still right there. We're pushing flat out.
"Nothing changes in our philosophy. We'll keep pushing, keep attacking every single grand prix because you cannot back off. As soon as you start looking to consolidate, that is when you make mistakes. Our target is to win every single grand prix between now and the end of the year. In reality, that's going to be impossible but, in the races that we can't win, then we want to be second, and if we can't be second, then we want to be on the podium. So long as we come away from each weekend optimising what we've got, hopefully, over the course of the season, that should be enough."
Horner added that, despite the current gaps back to second place in the respective championships, Red Bull has not dominated the season. Instead, he agrees that Vettel's six wins - which came in the first eight races of the year - went largely unopposed by any one opponent, with the likes of Webber, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button all failing to put together concerted pursuits.
All bar Webber have now won races this season, with Hamilton and Button taking two apiece after their respective victories in Germany and Hungary to end F1's first half of 2011, and no-one is being ruled out of the title fight, despite some negative comments at the height of Vettel's run.
"If you look at all the races this year, I don't think there's any races that we've run away and hugely dominated," Horner noted, "If you think back to Melbourne, Hamilton was closely behind Seb and in Barcelona too. Even in Valencia, Alonso was very tight with us.
"We just need to keep doing the best job we can and keep getting developments to the car. Operationally, we've been very, very sharp and we've extracted the best from the car on a grand prix weekend and that's where the team has been very strong this year. The tyres are very complicated but the one thing that has been consistent is Red Bull running at the front."
McLaren won comfortably in Hungary despite the Budapest circuit being tipped as one to favour Red Bull, and the season resumes with two venues that should work to the Woking team's advantage, potentially adding spice to the campaign before the end-of-year 'flyaways'.
"Monza, historically, has not been our strongest circuit, [but] Spa we finished second at last year, so it would be fantastic to win that race," Horner reflected, perhaps overlooking the fact that Vettel ended a promising run from Button and Alonso uncharacteristically spun himself out of contention, "We just have to treat each weekend as it comes. The formbook with these tyres and regulations is absolutely turned on its head."