News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics

Formula 1 Store
F1 Tickets, Tours, Gear
F1 Books
& Biographies

Red Bull 'drivers not our problem' - Horner

Formula 1 News - May, 2015

F1 Merchandise
Main Page
Formula 1 News
2016 F1 Schedule
2016 F1 Line-up
2015 F1 Results
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Motorsport Shop
Motorsport Calendar
Tim's Blog

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2014 F1 Results
2013 F1 Results
2012 F1 Results
2011 F1 Results
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
Contact Us
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
F1 Team Reports
8 'n' Pole
2010 World Cup
2006 World Cup

May 12 (GMM) Christian Horner has leapt to the defence of Red Bull's drivers.

Amid the Renault-powered former champions' deep crisis, team official Dr Helmut Marko warned Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat after the Spanish grand prix to "look out".

"Paradoxically, the more inexperienced ones did the better job," he said, referring to the sensational rookie pairing of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz over the Barcelona weekend.

The implication is that Red Bull might now be badly missing the input of its Ferrari-departed quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel.

Would Red Bull have been able to avoid its current crisis if the German was still at the wheel?

"No, not at all," team boss Horner insists to Kleine Zeitung newspaper.

"Sebastian could not have done much with the car we have at the moment either. We also can't forget that Daniel showed well enough last year what he can do.

"The drivers are not our problem. Our real problems are car handling and power," the Briton, who will marry former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell on Friday, added.

As far as Red Bull is concerned, another big problem at present are the F1 rules.

They will be discussed on Thursday during a crucial meeting of the Strategy Group, which will also vote on the proposal to increase this year's engine allocation from four to five 'power units' per driver.

"You know that I'm not allowed to talk about that. The content of those meetings is secret," Horner is quoted by Speed Week.

"So maybe you should ask Toto (Wolff) instead."

Horner's biting jibe aimed at the Mercedes chief could be because Wolff and Niki Lauda have been openly talking to the media about the 'fifth engine' proposal.

Wolff has also been talking about other potential rule tweaks for the future that will be discussed at Biggin Hill on Thursday.

"We want to bring the costs under control for the small and the big teams," he told APA news agency, "and still have a set of attractive regulations.

"We want cars with plenty of power, spectacular races and faster laptimes."

Asked if Mercedes is prepared to give up some of its current dominance for those things and the good of F1, Wolff answered: "You have to keep reinventing F1 and improve the product for the fans."

comments powered by Disqus
If you are using Internet Explorer, make sure you set your document mode to IE 8 (Alt+8) or via F12 to see and add comments

10 'n' Pole Formula 1 Tipping Competition - Have fun and win - Register

Latest Formula 1 News Headlines
09 Aug: F1 should start 2021 engine planning now - officials Comments
09 Aug: F1's Brazilian duo face uncertain future Comments
08 Aug: Bottas has Renault 'offer' - source Comments
08 Aug: Only 'good offer' would restart F1 career - Buemi Comments
08 Aug: Rosberg lacks Hamilton's 'killer instinct' - Marko Comments
08 Aug: Only new rules can stop Mercedes - Alonso Comments
08 Aug: Newey 'fully motivated again' - Horner Comments
05 Aug: Ecclestone credits Verstappen for Heineken deal Comments
05 Aug: Montezemolo struggles to hold tongue over Ferrari Comments
05 Aug: Wehrlein defends performance against Haryanto Comments
04 Aug: Ecclestone to 'sell' F1 radio coms - report Comments
04 Aug: Sirotkin in running for Renault seat - father Comments
04 Aug: Hulkenberg hails McLaren-Honda progress Comments
04 Aug: Marko plays down Kvyat axe rumours Comments
04 Aug: Renault could turn blue for 2017 - reports Comments
03 Aug: Mercedes, McLaren in dispute over engineer Comments
03 Aug: Wolff urges Renault to sign Ocon Comments
03 Aug: Lauda to help Rosberg bounce back Comments
03 Aug: Father defends Magnussen's F1 commitment Comments
03 Aug: Marchionne 'not satisfied' but staying the course Comments

The latest Formula 1 News

Back to the main news page

Back To Top

F1 Tickets
Chinese F1 GP
Belgian F1 GP
Singapore F1 GP
Italian F1 GP
Abu Dhabi F1 GP
Few tickets still available
MotoGP Tickets
British MotoGP
Czech Republic MotoGP
San Marino MotoGP
Valencia MotoGP
more Motorsport Tours & Holidays

Official 2012 F1 Season Review

Autocourse 2012 Annual

F1 Merchandise US

F1 Merchandise UK

Formula 1 Yearbooks

Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers