Mercedes advantage artificial, says Horner
12 May 2014 – Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has played down the sizeable gap between his Red Bull drivers and the dominant Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during the Spanish Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finished as best of the rest during Sunday's 66-lap encounter at the Barcelona venue, but the Australian's RB10 was over three quarters of a minute adrift of winner Hamilton.
However, Horner believes that his squad's outright performance was masked, with Ricciardo getting stuck behind the Williams of Valtteri Bottas in the opening stint and Vettel having to fight through the field from 15th.
"If you look at the last stint in particular, where Mercedes were flat out and Sebastian and Daniel had a bit of clear air, we have definitely moved a bit closer," Horner said. "It is a significant gap that we still have to overcome but it is great to see we have made progress and made a step ahead of the Ferraris and the rest of the field.
"The 48-second gap is slightly artificial because we lost a lot of time behind the Williams during the first stint. Once you find yourself in no-man's land until the end of the race you are then just managing the tyres."