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Horner: Red Bull could win a race in 2009 09 Feb 2009

Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal 
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Fuji Speedway, Japan, Friday, 10 October 2008 Red Bull Racing F1 Team launch the RB5, 9 February 2009, Jerez, Spain. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull racing RB5 and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB5 with Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Director and Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Sporting Director Red Bull Racing F1 Team launch the RB5, 9 February 2009, Jerez, Spain.

A confident Christian Horner is hopeful that Red Bull can match sister team Toro Rosso’s 2008 maiden victory in 2009. Speaking at the official launch of the RB5 on Monday, team principal Horner said he believed Red Bull were perfectly positioned to profit from 2009’s sweeping rule changes and the FIA’s recent efforts to cut costs.

“Going into 2009, the team is well placed to take advantage of the rule changes, not just the technical ones that we have known about for some time, but also those established through the efforts of FIA and FOTA last December,” explained Horner.

“Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Technology carried no excess weight anyway in terms of manpower, so adjusting to the new rules has, for us, been relatively straight-forward and we are in good shape for the future.”

“The changes caused few interruptions to our workflow and they will also assist the larger manufacturer teams in cutting costs, in terms of manpower. Over the past year, we had invested strategically, and therefore, with the rules as they now stand, we are in a good position to capitalise on them, as they present an opportunity for teams to compete on a more level playing field.”

As well as already enjoying the benefits of a streamlined workforce at their UK base in Milton Keynes, Horner also believes that Red Bull’s established technical line-up, led by chief designer Adrian Newey and technical director Geoff Willis, will serve them well for the forthcoming season.

“2009 will also see us benefit from greater stability in terms of how we run the operation, with all our key players in the technical group having been with us for at least two years,” added Horner. “We should not forget they designed a car that won a grand prix in 2008, in the hands of Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Toro Rosso.

“There is no reason to believe we cannot do that again with these new rules. The regulation changes almost constitute a new formula for the sport and it will be interesting to see how the teams interpret them. Certainly in the early part of this season we expect to see a much bigger spread in terms of performance between the teams than we have over the past two years.”

2009 will be Red Bull’s fifth Formula One season. The team finished the 2008 championship in seventh after picking up 29 points, 10 less than sister squad Toro Rosso.