Red Bull to throw everything at Mercedes

Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:39am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

(Reuters) - Champions Red Bull believe they can pick up the pace and take the fight to dominant Mercedes now that Formula One is heading back to Europe after the first four 'flyaway' races in Asia and the Middle East.

Team principal Christian Horner kept calm after Mercedes chalked up their fourth victory in a row, and third successive one-two finish, in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix won by Lewis Hamilton.

"If we are going to make a championship of it, we've got to take the fight to them," Horner, whose team have just one podium finish so far this year, told Sky Sports television.

"We're going to give it everything. I believe we can take the fight to them, we just can't concede too much more ground."

"We were 22km an hour slower on that kilometer straight today, that represented almost 100 meters that we're giving away on the straight. That's where we've got to improve.

"We know where we've got to fix our issues and hopefully there's some steps towards that in Barcelona," added the Briton.

The next race is the Spanish Grand Prix on May 11, with all the teams sure to bring upgrades after the three-week break.

Red Bull's design wizard Adrian Newey skipped Shanghai to work on improvements and his rivals need no reminding about his reputation.   Continued...

Redbull F1 driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany takes a curve during a training session at Catalunya's racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona March 9, 2011. REUTERS/Albert Gea