Red Bull team principal has reaffirmed that his team’s primary goal this year will be to win both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships. “The title is what we all want to achieve,” Horner recently told Autosport. “They are the only two trophies missing from the cabinet, so the objective has got to be to go for it.”
However, Horner also allows that meeting that goal will be a tall order, as the 2010 season is apt to be one of the most competitive in a generation, with at least four teams looking to be in contention for the titles.
“We will do everything we can to try and win but we have got some formidable opponents,” Horner admitted. “Ferrari and McLaren had a blip last year but they are two massive teams with great depth of resource and the Schumacher/Mercedes/Brawn combination is also a very potent one. F1 is more competitive this year than it has been for many years.”
And not only are the Big Four teams all looking strong, but the current crop of drivers shows a depth of talent not on display since the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, when the likes of Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet Sr, Nigel Mansell, Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher, once and future champions all, raced concurrently.
The current Big Four teams, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Red Bull, each have a pair of drivers who are potential champions. In fact, it’s only Red Bull that doesn’t have either a former or current title holder on their roster. We haven’t seen such an abundance of drivers’ credentials on the grid since the aforementioned heyday of 20 years ago.
Amazingly, one of the current crop of drivers, seven-time champ Michael Schumacher, is a bridge between the older generation and the new. Schumi cut his teeth against the best in the business, and showed himself to be a force to be reckoned with from the very beginning. Statistically, Schumacher is the most successful F1 driver of all time, so it will be an added thrill to watch him compete against the youngsters.
Christian Horner, for one, predicts some exciting racing. “I think we are going to have some titanic battles this year.”