(Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team)
Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner believes that the Milton Keynes based outfit’s rivals the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team did an incredible job in 2014.
The Brackley based squad won the Constructors championship while their driver Lewis Hamilton won his second Formula One world championship having secured his first time with McLaren in 2008.
Nico Rosberg finished runner up to Hamilton after the pair completely dominated the season, winning 16 of the 19 Grand Prix in 2014.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg scored 31 podium finishes for the Brackley based outfit which was an incredible achievement for the Silver Arrows. Horner believes that the advantage that Mercedes had over the course of the 2014 season was far greater than anyone had expected going into the new era of Formula One using the hybrid technology.
Horner believes that Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s main focus for this season is to close the performance deficit to Mercedes. The Milton Keynes based outfits boss feels that Mercedes invested more in the new era of Formula One power unit, the 1.6 litre V6 turbo charged power unit compared to Renault who power Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
(Francois Flamand DPPI for Renault Sport F1)
Renault really struggled to get to grips with the new power plant at the start of the season however they finished the season well particularly with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, their primary engine partner.
Horner went on to congratulate Mercedes on their success in 2014, and stated that he felt when it came to his own Red Bull team and Renault it was vital that the two company’s changed their relationship as in 2014 Infiniti Red Bull Racing ceased to be just an ‘customer’ of Renault but they became a ‘works partner’ as Horner felt that the power unit supplier has ro be fully integrated into the team.
© Ben Johnston 2014