Red Bull's 'great package' strong enough to 'take a hit'

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Red Bull's 'great package' strong enough to 'take a hit'

Red Bull Racing were obviously unhappy with the outcome of last weekend's British Grand Prix, but Helmut Marko believes the team can afford to take a hit such as the one it suffered last weekend thanks to its "great package".

Lewis Hamilton's 27-point haul at Silverstone has allowed the Briton to reduce his deficit to arch-rival Max Verstappen to just 8 points, while Mercedes is now just 4 points behind Red Bull in the Constructors' championship.

Marko says that Verstappen's win in Saturday's sprint qualifying event and his strong pace overall at Silverstone – a Mercedes stronghold, historically - mean that Red Bull is ready to take on its adversary at any upcoming venue.

"We know we have a great package. It is a major setback, no question about it, and we think it is again a very unjustified one," said the Red Bull motorsport boss.

"And this is the second time we are hit, after the puncture in Baku. But we're strong enough to take it.

"We won the sprint at Silverstone with confidence, and we would have won the main race too, that was very clear. We have proven that we were competitive on every race track this year.

"Silverstone was absolute Mercedes country, but in the sprint we proved our competitiveness and we are of the opinion that we would have proven in the race that we are capable of winning."

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However, there's no denying that after last Sunday's incident, the tension between Red Bull and Mercedes has gone up another notch.

"The relationship will certainly become even more tense," Marko told RTL. "Let's put it this way: It was never a relaxed relationship. But that's exciting for the audience."

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Horner: Stewards should be 'locked away' from team bosses

Red Bull's Christian Horner says team bosses should not be allowed to visit F1's stewards and potentially exercise... The post Horner: Stewards should be 'locked away' from team bosses appeared first on F1i.com.

Horner: Stewards should be 'locked away' from team bosses

Red Bull's Christian Horner says team bosses should not be allowed to visit F1's stewards and potentially exercise undue influence when an incident is under review.

Last Sunday's controversial on-track clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton led to both Red Bull Racing and Mercedes team representatives calling FIA race director Michael Masi during the race's red flag period to cast their unilateral view on the high-profile incident.

But when Mercedes boss Toto Wolff offered to argue his case directly to the stewards, and Masi accepted, an angry Horner took exception with the Austrian's initiative.

"I saw Toto, who was lobbying the stewards, which I heard he was going there so I went there to make sure our view was represented," recounted Horner after the race.

"I don’t think it’s right that team principals go up there to lobby the stewards.

"They should be locked away so they’re not influenced and for me that was unacceptable that he had gone up there to lobby the stewards.

"I wanted to make sure there was a balanced opinion given, rather than trying to influence pressure on the stewards to make a menial sentence.

"I don’t think anyone should be allowed to see the stewards during the course of a Grand Prix."

On the opposing side of the stewards' office, Wolff justified his decision to personally deliver his view on events.

"I was told that there was a rant on the radio to Michael about all the badness in the world, and then I went up and gave my opinion," Wolff sarcastically said, referring to Horner's earlier radio communication with Masi.

"I’ve been to the stewards many times."

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Masi stated that he had no objections with a team boss interacting directly with the stewards.

"If we have an incident after the race we invite the teams and the drivers to come and appear before the stewards," he said. "And that’s one of the elements the stewards have.

"We had the case in Monza last year when Lewis went and spoke to the stewards to understand what happened and have a look at the whole picture. During the suspension, that ability exists, so there's no reason not to."

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