All bets are off, says Horner

Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:51am EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Alan Baldwin

JEREZ, Spain (Reuters) - No team can be considered a favorite for this year's Formula One championship because the new V6 engines create far too much uncertainty, Red Bull principal Christian Horner said on Tuesday.

Red Bull have won the past four constructors' and drivers' championships but the regulations have changed dramatically since last year with a new V6 turbocharged engine and energy recovery systems replacing the old V8s.

"All bets are off," Horner told reporters after the presentation of his team's new RB10 car at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.

"It's impossible to predict. I think the power unit's going to be a big element in this world championship and only time will tell.

"Reliability is going to be key, the races are going to have a different look to them as well in terms of how the drivers and teams strategically go about racing because fuel economy is going to be critical," he added.

Although 10 of the 11 teams are in Jerez for the opening pre-season test, problems with the power units meant some of them got little or no mileage on the first day.

Red Bull's quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel spent a day kicking his heels as the Renault-powered team worked to fix a problem that surfaced overnight.

Horner said it was an achievement in itself just to have a car at the track.   Continued...

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner watches the monitors during the qualifying session ahead of the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool