x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Horner backing Red Bull revival

'We need to go there and attack the weekend, with both drivers on top of their game'

SPA FRANCORCHAMPS // The Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner is convinced his team can bounce back to form in Belgium on Sunday in the wake of a wretched run of form. Following a strong start to the season, primarily courtesy of Mark Webber, the team have failed to chalk up a point in their last four races.

Red Bull were on course for what would have been a stunning fourth place in the constructors' championship, but have since slipped to sixth. Their nadir came at last month's European Grand Prix in Valencia where Webber and teammate David Coulthard were outpaced by sister team Toro Rosso But Horner is convinced all is not lost and his team will rise again in the final third of the Formula One campaign.

"After a very strong first half of the season, the team have endured a very frustrating past few weeks," said Horner ahead of today's two practice sessions at Spa for Sunday's race. "It is extremely important we reverse this trend and get back on terms with Renault and close the gap to Toyota. "Over the past six weeks we have analysed our performance in great detail, and that analysis reveals the chassis is working well, and we have pushed very hard in the factory to improve in all areas.

"So we are going to Spa in fighting mood, determined to come away with some points." Horner claims Red Bull's main issue has been due to tyres, with other teams making better use of the rubber at their disposal. Believing the problems have been overcome, Horner is now expecting a strong showing in Spa. "We need to go there and attack the weekend, with both our drivers on top of their game." said Horner.

"At the moment, the section of the grid that includes BMW, Renault, Toyota, ourselves, Williams and now, Sebastian Vettel, is extremely tight. "As we've seen at the last few races, a tenth of a second can make the difference between four grid positions." * PA Sport