OCTOBER 8, 2012
Red Bull performance track specific, says Horner
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner believes that his team's dominant win in the Japanese GP was track specific rather than reflective of the type of form we can expect over the remaining five races.
Red Bull brought a double DRS system to its RB8 for the first time in Singapore and it is believed to have been responsible for a significant increase in qualifying straightline speed at Suzuka. It is understood that unlike the Mercedes system it reduces drag by stalling the beam wing at the rear of the car, rather than the front wing.
High downforce Adrian Newey chassis have always performed well at Suzuka, however, and Horner said: "I'm sure it's more track specific and it was also a textbook drive from Sebastian and a very good recovery drive from Mark after he was hit through no fault of his own.
"There's never a silver bullet and it's difficult to say that a car's performance here is down to a rear wing. I think that we've made progress in all areas and it's about chipping away at the details. We also had the fastest pit stop with Sebastian and I'm sure it's wrong to say that he performance was just down to finding a few mph on the straight."