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Q&A with Red Bull’s Christian Horner 16 May 2010

(L to R): Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal celebrates a 1-2 finish with Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Race, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010 Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal celebrates in the Red Bull Energy Station pool.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Race, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010 Race winner Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing with Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal in parc ferme. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Race, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010 Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal and Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer celebrate in the Red Bull Energy Station pool. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Race, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Race, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 16 May 2010

How do winners celebrate? Red Bull’s one-two Monaco victory ended with both drivers in the Monte Carlo harbour and the rest of the team in the Energy Station’s swimming pool. A wet but grinning team principal Christian Horner is certainly happy…

Q: Christian, how does it feel to become a serial winner?
Christian Horner:
Well, obviously it feels very good - in fact it’s fantastic. The Monaco Grand Prix and the Silverstone race are the two big ones for the team to win and to get a one-two finish here is a brilliant team result.

Q: You went to pick up the constructor’s trophy. Obviously Monaco is the place where team principals always go themselves…
CH:
This is such a fantastic place and if both your drivers have delivered a one-two victory, well, on this occasion I went up. It was a great feeling.

Q: Did you envision such a result? Robert Kubica could have spring a surprise?
CH:
Robert was fast all weekend long and he did a great job to push Sebastian hard through the race - and obviously we had to manage the tyre situation. All three drivers on the podium did a great job.

Q: Vettel said on Saturday that he hoped to out-accelerate Kubica into the first corner. Was that the strategy you talked about before the start?
CH:
We have had very good starts this year and here again both drivers had excellent starts, and it was great to see both Red Bulls leading into the first corner.

Q: Is Vettel happy? He’s the kind of driver to whom finishing second makes him feel like he’s the first loser…
CH:
Sebastian knew that Mark would be very difficult to beat. He gained a position at the start and both are leading the championship with the same amount of points - even though Mark has one more win under his belt - so Sebastian should not be too disappointed. It’s a long season and we are very fortunate to have two competitive drivers.

Q: How well do Vettel and Webber work together?
CH:
There is a great balance, probably because of the particular characteristics of both drivers. They work together very well and for a team out to win championships it is always great to have two drivers who are at different stages of their career and that makes a great balance in the team.

Q: Will you have an ‘F-duct’ in Turkey?
CH:
Well, it could play a role in Turkey. We are doing the research and for sure at the next couple of races we will have a look at it, but we will only introduce it when it earns a place on the car.

Q: Does it make sense to introduce it when the RB6 is outperforming all the other cars - those with and without an ‘F-duct’?
CH:
We have to do all the R&D and the research, but as with all our upgrades it will only find a place on the car when it makes sense.

Q: Have you already received a call from Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz?
CH:
I hope he had the opportunity to watch the race because I think he would have loved to hear the Austrian national anthem being played in Monte Carlo. It is a very proud moment for him and the team.