With back to back one-two results at the British and German Grand Prix, Red Bull Renault has every reason to feel confident heading into the second half of the season. With eight rounds remaining, the Milton Keynes-based team has momentum on its side as they take the battle to Brawn
Mercedes in both the constructors’ and drivers’ championships.
"We are working as hard as possible to get as much performance as possible, as quickly as we can," explained Team Principal Christian Horner. "Everyone at the factory has a spring in their step at the moment, even if the pace of development required to meet this year’s major regulation change has been relentless. There are a lot of unsung heroes at the factory, putting in superhuman efforts and hours to get the components on the car."
While the RB5 is the dominant package of the moment, the development race, combined with long terms goals for the design department, do not make this the work of the moment but rather of long-term planning combined with timely updates to an already strong challenger.
"There were already signs of a change last year, when RB4 delivered reasonable performance in the first half of the season, while in the second half Red Bull Technology had good results with Toro Rosso, in what was essentially an identical car," Horner continued. "The design group has really gelled and is working cohesively and the integration across the whole group, R&D and the production side, is working very well. This is down to stability and continuity in what is still a relatively young team.
While Red Bull Renault now trail Brawn Mercedes by just 19.5 points in the constructors’ championship, the drivers’ championship is a little more complicated with Jenson Button
leading with 68 points and the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber closely matched on 47 and 45.5 points respectively. As the team continue to push on for more wins, there is no doubt in Horner’s mind that team orders are out of the question for the time being.
"We will continue to support both drivers equally," Horner emphasised. "There’s only a point and a half between them, so obviously they are both in contention for the drivers’ championship. There’s a long way to go to catch up with Jenson Button
“If and when we reach a point where there is a significant gap, or it becomes mathematically impossible for one of them to challenge for the championship, then they are both team players and one of them will play a supporting role should it be required. Our intention is to see both of them catch the lead Brawn as quickly as possible," he concluded.