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2013 F1

Red Bull: Four victory in the first half not guarantee for F1 title



Defending world champions’ Red Bull Racing admits that four grand’s prix in the first half of the year is satisfying, but it doesn’t guarantee anything.

In German Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel grabbed his maiden home victory following the long battle with Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean and stays on top in drivers’ championship with 34 point gap over Fernando Alonso.

“To have won four grand’s prix in the first half of the year is satisfying, but it doesn’t guarantee anything.

“It is still very much a four way battle and you cannot discount anybody,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner said, when asked by Autosport about his feelings on the championship battle.

“We are effectively at the half way point of the year, and there is still an awful long way to go. Anything can change. We see weekend to weekend different teams have different levels of competitiveness and I am sure it will continue during the next few events.”

“It was a tough call in some respects and not in others,” explained Horner about Red Bull’s strategy.

“The pace car came out when the Marussia started a life of its own, and that was at a very awkward point of the race because potentially that was too far to go [to the finish] on a set of the harder tyres. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull F1 2013″We elected to fit a set of scrubbed tyres, leaving one new set available for the last stint.

“We intended to stop again and were thinking that the Lotus might try and brave it out to the end. Once Grosjean stopped then it made perfect sense for us to cover him, but the risk was then conceding the lead to Kimi if he didn’t need to stop.

“He was looking in pretty good shape at that stage, so having covered Grosjean we then focused on keeping the gap to Kimi to less than a pit stop. Lotus was very quick on the soft tyre at the beginning of the race, but Seb had kept just enough up his sleeve to fend him off over the last few laps.”
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