by Russell Atkins

Red Bull Racing endured a nightmarish second season in the top flight last year, but team principal Christian Horner is adamant the outfit that put the fun back into Formula One is ready to get very serious indeed in 2007.

With Renault engines, a top-class driver line-up and Adrian Newey leading an all-new design group, Red Bull has grown up fast over the winter months and is now aiming to turn fighting talk into on-track results. Here Horner looks forward to a season that he hopes will propel the squad significantly up the pecking order.

Q:
Looking at your Formula One preparations with Red Bull Racing, in 2006 there was a lot of pain for the team. Was that necessary to get where you want to go?

Christian Horner:
2006 was obviously a transitional year for us after introducing several key new technical members to the group. We basically turned off the development of the RB2 very early on to focus all our efforts behind the RB3. We are happy with the progress that has been made. We will only know where we stand when we get to the first race, but the initial indications are promising. No predictions before Melbourne though.

Q:
How have the winter months been for Red Bull so far?

CH:
They've been extremely busy. The whole team has been working flat-out on the new car and I think it's been probably the busiest off-season in the team's history.

Q:
Key to that obviously is the new technical group headed up by Adrian Newey. How are they all coming together now?

CH:
They are coming together very well. I'm very pleased with the progress and how things have gelled. The group is working extremely well. We have a lot of strength-in-depth within the group now, and hopefully RB3 will be the first step towards realising our ultimate ambitions.

Q:
The RB3 will have the world championship-winning engine in the back too, won't it?

CH:
Yes. We are delighted to be working with Renault this year. Obviously we are in the early stages of the relationship, but it is a partnership that I think both parties are totally embracing and we are looking forward to working with them.

Q:
You also have Mark Webber, who alongside David Coulthard makes up what is undoubtedly Red Bull's strongest driver line-up so far.

CH:
Yes. We have got strength in both our drivers this year, and I think they will bring out the best in each other. Both are extremely professional, totally dedicated and very hungry for success. I'm confident that both our drivers will be able to deliver for us.

Q:
With all that taken into account, what do you think Red Bull Racing can achieve this year on the track?

CH:
Obviously we want to get amongst the big boys as often as possible. We are still an independent team at the end of the day, taking on some formidable competitors and manufacturer-backed teams, and we are looking to move forward. We will only see where we stand when we get to the first few races.

Q:
Turning your attentions to GP2, you are also in charge of the Arden team that has recently announced two exciting new driver signings for 2007, hasn't it?

CH:
Yes. We are delighted with the driver line-up we have got for this year. Bruno (Senna) and Adrian (Zaugg) are both very promising young drivers, and I'm sure they will develop throughout the season and their pace and ability will become very evident.

Q:
Arden had a disappointing campaign in GP2 last year. Can you turn the tables and get things back on track again in 2007?

CH:
I think so. Fundamentally all the people at Arden remain the same ones who won three F3000 championships and won five races with Heikki (Kovalainen) and finished second in 2005. We only won one race in 2006, and to finish fourth was obviously a disappointing year, but we are fully focussed on getting back to the top.

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