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Fans won’t be disappointed by Red Bull’s race livery, says Horner

Christian Horner has hinted that Red Bull could have another unusual livery planned for the start of the racing season.

The team is running in camouflage livery in Jerez, in part because it genuinely serves to make it harder for rivals to analyse the car.

“The camouflage livery actually came out of a helmet that Sebastian ran last year.” said Horner. “It was quite fun. We thought it would be interesting to extend that concept to the entire car, and Dietrich [Mateschitz] liked it when he saw it. I think it epitomises Red Bull, really.

“We’re not afraid to do things a bit differently, and so to run in a different livery and see a Red Bull in a different livery is quite striking, and it makes it difficult to get detailed photographs of the car at a time of year when we’re all trying to be as secretive as we possibly can.”

Asked if fans will be disappointed when the camouflage livery is dropped he said: “They won’t be disappointed because the livery will be even stronger. It’s great to so something different, it’s been extremely well received. It’s difficult to get detailed shots because obviously it confuses your eye-line. It certainly seems to have had a great reaction.

Regarding what will be on the car in Australia, he said: “Wait and see.”

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Kvyat shunt forces Red Bull to test with no front wing

Dany Kvyat has been lapping Jerez with no front wing on the RB11 after he damaged the only example of it in contact with the barrier this morning.

New parts are on their way but the team opted to continue to run a few laps for ongoing systems checks and so on.

“Dany had a very slight off on an install lap this morning, on cold track,” said Christian Horner. “He was just changing something on the steering wheel between Turns Two and Three very lightly touched the tyre wall with the front wing. That’s damaged the front wing.

“It’s the only front wing assembly that we have in Jerez at the moment, which is relatively usual for when you’re not abundant with spare parts. That’s why we’re running without the main plane at the moment. Obviously more components coming down later this afternoon and this evening and during the next few days.

He added: “What I should really be telling you is that we have so much front downforce we don’t need the front wing, and we’re just trying to balance the car.”

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Red Bull can make some big steps with RB 11 says Horner

The Red Bull livery is certainly different...

The Red Bull livery is certainly different…

Daniel Ricciardo gave the new Red Bull RB11 its first outing as testing got underway in Jerez before.

The car, which had not been seen even in the form of the renderings issued by other teams, features a dramatic ‘camouflage’ livery.

The car made Jerez despite passing its final crash tests at a very late stage.

“We’ve been pushing to the limit as usual,” said Christian Horner. “We had a very tight timescale for the car to be prepared in time for the first test, but that’s normal in this team. If you’re not on the limit you’re not trying hard enough.

“The relationship with Renault is a lot closer now. Red Bull is the only partner for Renault now, through ourselves and Toro Rosso, and that focus from Renault together with a close involvement with our design team is yielding good results and a far closer integration between the power unit and the chassis side. Working in unison with Renault we can really make some big steps forward this year.

“Our target is simple: to close down the gap to Mercedes yet further. We were the only team other than Mercedes to win a Grand Prix in 2014 and we won three with Daniel Ricciardo. Our target is to close the gap down and put Mercedes under as much pressure as we possibly can. We know what we’re aiming at, we know what we need to achieve and I believe that with the RB11, with the drivers we have and with the new structures put in place we should be able to do that.”

“The design of the RB11 has been very much about understanding what we learned from last season,” said Adrian Newey. “Which was a big regulation change as far as the power unit is concerned and the packaging that goes with that and setting about optimising the car from those lessons.

“We have been working very hard with our partners Renault to help them develop the engine. What we have to remember is that the internal combustion engine and its very complicated associated items, the ERS and turbocharger, are long lead time items. Those are things where if one team takes an advantage then it takes time to overthrow that or get back on a par with or hopefully ahead.”

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Sixty trophies stolen in raid on Red Bull factory

The Red Bull trophy cabinet reflects the team's extraordinary success

The Red Bull trophy cabinet reflects the team’s extraordinary success


Sixty trophies were stolen from Red Bull Racing’s factory in Milton Keynes in the early hours of Saturday morning, the team has confirmed.

A silver 4wd vehicle was driven through the front entrance and six men loaded the trophies into another dark coloured Mercedes before making their escape. Security staff who were on duty at the time were not hurt.

“We are obviously devastated by this serious factory break in, which saw offenders drive a vehicle through our front entrance and steal more than 60 trophies which took years and hard work to accumulate,” said Christian Horner. “The break-in caused significant damage and was very upsetting for our night officers who were on duty at the time. The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represented the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals.

“Beyond the aggressive nature of this break-in, we are perplexed why anyone would take these trophies. The value to the team is of course extraordinarily high due to the sheer hard work and effort that went into winning each and every one. But their intrinsic value is low; they would be of little benefit to those outside of the team and, in addition to that, many of the trophies on display were replicas.

“The actions of these men mean it’s likely that we will have to make our site less accessible in the future, which will be unfair on the hundreds of fans that travel to visit our factory each year to see our trophies and our Formula One car. We would like to appeal to anyone who knows any information on the whereabouts of these trophies or the offenders involved to contact Thames Valley Police.”

A Thames Valley Police statement said: “Police were called at 1.30am today (6/12) to the Red Bull Racing factory where a group of around six men used a vehicle to drive through the front entrance to gain access to the premises.

“Once inside, they stole over 60 trophies belonging to the Red Bull Racing team. Night staff who were on the premises at the time were not physically harmed.

“Two cars were involved in the burglary. A silver 4×4 which was used to drive through the entrance and a further dark coloured, black or dark blue Mercedes estate car. Both are believed to have foreign number plates. There is no description of the offenders available at this time, although they are all believed to be men, wearing dark clothing.”

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Illegal Red Bull wings were a “silly mistake” says Marko

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko insists that the illegal front wing flaps on the RB10s in Abu Dhabi were the result of a “naïve” interpretation of the rules.

Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel qualified fifth and sixth but ultimately started from the pitlane after the FIA discovered a spring arrangement that allowed the flaps to flex.

“It was a silly mistake from our side,” Marko told this writer. “I would say it was a naïve interpretation of the regulations. We thought it was within the regulations.”

Meanwhile Marko said he was happy with the progress the team made in 2014 after its disastrous start in testing.

“We did much better than we expected – we won three races, second in the constructors’ championship, in the drivers’ third and fifth. So the recovery was good. Strategically, everything was done right. We achieved the maximum, we learned a lot, and we had to fight and keep motivation up. But it paid off.

“We had such a difference in horsepower, we couldn’t use the potential of our chassis, because if we put the wing up we lost so much on the straights. So we always had to go for a compromise. I think we did pretty well. Whenever there was a chance, bang, we were there.”

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Vettel still comfortable as Red Bull guards 2015 secrets

Sebastian Vettel believes that he has not been frozen out of technical discussions at Red Bull since he announced that he was leaving – but he concedes that inevitably he’s not being updated on developments for 2015.

“I think I’ve been long enough with the team to know what’s going on,” he said when asked if he was out of the loop. “So I don’t get pushed outside. After five years you know someone. There’s mutual trust.

“All the stuff that happens on the car for next year doesn’t get discussed with me, which is normal. But equally there’s stuff that we test here on the track which I’m sure will possibly be used next year, and from a team point of view it’s the best foot forward to use both of the cars to do that.

“Surely if it’s any kind of secret, I wouldn’t know about it since I told them I will leave. Like I said I don’t get pushed out, so I don’t feel like the third wheel on the wagon, or something like that.”

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Vettel will run in Q1 to meet 107% rule, says Horner

RBR boss Christian Horner has confirmed that Sebastian Vettel will take part in Q1 in Austin, but it will be only a token appearance to ensure that the German fulfils the 107% rule.

Vettel is due to start from the pitlane thanks to taking a complete sixth power unit.

“I think it’s a silly rule, isn’t it?,” Horner told Sky TV. “To have to eliminate a car totally from qualifying, it doesn’t really make sense. People are here to come and see the guys qualify and do the best they can. It’s a crazy situation that we’ve got a four-time World Champion effectively not taking part tomorrow. We will take part in the first part of qualifying, but we’re going to be limiting mileage to an absolute minimum.

“The problem is that the rules dictate that wherever he qualifies, he’s in the pitlane. This power unit has now got to do three races. We know they’re fragile so we’ve got to save as many kilometres as we can. Theoretically he’s only go to do one or two laps.

“I think it’s right that he takes part in the event. It’s important that he registers a lap, he’s within 107%, there’s no debate as to whether he’ll be racing or not on Sunday.”

Horner denied that there had been any pressure from Bernie Ecclestone: “I haven’t had that conversation with Bernie. He hasn’t said, ‘You’ve got to send your cars out,’ or anything like that. We need to abide by the rules. It’s only right that Sebastian does go out and do a lap in qualy. People are coming here to see the drivers in action, it would be silly to have him in the pit wall.”

Vettel was last in FP2 as he missed track time and had no need to run in qualifying trim: “It’s been a busy day. We had a gearbox change between P1 and P2 with Sebastian, and then a rear wing change that took a long time during the session just because we’re trying different set-ups. We managed to get the data we wanted out of the session, now it’s a matter of crunching the numbers tonight and working out what’s the best thing to do for the race.

“He’s obviously only been focussed on long runs because there’s no point looking at the short runs.”

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Horner: Ricciardo might have retired without radio help

Christian Horner admits that Daniel Ricciardo might not have finished the Singapore GP had the full radio ban gone into effect for the race.

The Australian had a battery issue, and was told to avoid contact with kerbs – something that is still subject to the ban. However as the discussion related to a specific car problem, the FIA allowed RBR to pass on the message.

“He had a problem on the run down to Turn One after the start,” said Horner. “And then the [next] problem started relatively early, probably before half distance, where we had basically an issue with the battery not discharging. Quite a lot of management needed to go on with that to try and help him out, it was quite an intermittent problem for him.

“Some laps [the loss was] more than others, some laps would be three or four tenths, some laps would be nothing.”

Horner said that RBR checked with the FIA: “We spoke to Charlie [Whiting], we told him we had some reliability issues, and that’s why [Daniel] was told to keep off the kerbs, because that was causing damage to the battery. Which I think is sensible, it’s finding that balance with this radio stuff at the end of the day.

“From a reliability point of view it would have been a problem.”

Horner says that it’s right to allows some messages, but clamp down on others.

“These cars are so bloody complicated, there’s an awfully large amount going on. I totally support getting rid of driver coaching through the radio, that’s not the engineer’s job, to tell them to brake 10m later or turn-in earlier. But managing the actual power unit, they’re so complicated that just from a reliability and safety point of view, that’s quite important.

“I think for the show it’s good, at least we can tell him his brakes are getting hot and pull out of the slipstream, and everyone knows what’s going on.”

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No team orders at Red Bull to help Ricciardo, says Horner

Christian Horner says there is no consideration of team orders at Red Bull, despite the ongoing Mercedes reliability problems keeping Daniel Ricciardo within striking distance of the main title contenders.

In Singapore Ricciardo finished right behind team mate Sebastian Vettel, and he would have gained three points had they been swapped. Given that the German still has a mathematical chance – albeit a remote one – the team let them race.

“They’ve both mathematically got a chance, but it’s a long shot,” said Horner. “It’s down to them racing each other on the track. It would be wrong to interfere with that in the situation we’re in, so we let them race, as you saw. Dan knew before the race, not just before the race, but some time ago, so he’s totally comfortable and happy with that.

“If there was a realistic chance of Daniel winning, and Sebastian was mathematically out of the championship, then of course we’ll do the best that we can for the team. The situation that we’re in at the moment, it’s a long shot. They’ve got an enormous advantage at this point. We’ll take it one race at a time.

“Both of them are still just in this championship, and both of them have taken a chunk of points out of Nico. Okay, Daniel’s conceded three points to Seb, but is that going to make a difference? It’s impossible to say at this stage, but at the moment it doesn’t make sense to interfere with team orders.”

Singapore was only the second time, after Germany, that Vettel has finished ahead of Ricciardo. Horner agreed that it was a boost for the World Champion.

“I think it’s great for Seb to have had a solid weekend,” he said when asked by this writer. “It’s good for him to be back on the podium. He’s been quick all weekend, he’s had good tyre degradation, so a lot of positives out of the weekend.”

Regarding the prospect of catching Mercedes he said: “On this type of circuit we can get close to them, but the reality is the horsepower difference that we have is still a big factor. So whilst we’ve closed the gap here, some of the other tracks coming up, Abu Dhabi and maybe Sochi, it’s going to extend again. So the key for us is the work we do over the winter, and how we come out of the starting blocks next year in terms of really closing that gap.”

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Red Bull’s Monza result the “absolute optimum,” says Horner

Christian Horner says that Red Bull could not have bettered the fifth and sixth places secured by Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel at Monza, a circuit that the team expected to be the most challenging of the year.

The two drivers followed different strategies, with Vettel stopping very early, and Ricciardo very late. The converged in the closing laps when Ricciardo was able to pass his team mate after a short but hard battle between the pair.

“Fifth and sixth was the absolute optimum,” said Horner. “Obviously all the cars ahead us are Mercedes-powered, and the cars behind us were mainly Mercedes-powered, so I think to get fifth and sixth positions was the absolute optimum today. When you consider the last two races, Spa and here, which are predominantly power dominated, I think we’ve extracted a little more than we could have hoped for.”

Explaining the strategy choices he said: “We [Vettel] were racing against the McLarens, we were in that train, versus Magnussen, and Jenson behind and Fernando. It was a question of do we go for the undercut, do we go for track position, and then go for tyre conservation?

“So we went aggressive with Seb, we went for the undercut, which he made work. He delivered the lap time, and got the track position. Obviously versus the guys that he was racing, that worked very well, in that he held his position to the McLarens and the Force India. Obviously Fernando dropped out of that.

“The decision with Daniel was dictated by the fact that he wasn’t in that group at the start, so we had the option to go longer. He wasn’t going to undercut anyone, so we thought we’d go as long as we can, before the tyres hit the cliff, and then pit and give him fresh tyres for the end of the race.

“What Daniel did was truly impressive, some of his overtaking manoeuvres to get him back into contention. Sebastian’s tyres unfortunately were six laps short of keeping that position. At the time you make a decision you’ve got to go with what’s in front of you.”

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