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We know the areas of weakness, and it's then addressing those weaknesses. I think that's half the battle in many respects. We've got a very capable group of people that have demonstrated what their potential is with previous cars, and I've got no doubt that they will sort this car out.feedback
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May 22 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Christian Horner is associated, including Ecclestone, Bernie, and area. Most recently, Christian Horner has been quoted saying: “I wouldn't say it backfired, but it definitely led us in a direction that wasn't conducive to the tyres that were ultimately nominated. The simple facts are that Mercedes and Ferrari did a better job of interpreting those regulations than we did over the winter. We then found ourselves on the back foot in winter testing. You obviously get into diminishing returns. But we definitely closed the gap in Barcelona, and we're going in the right direction. I believe the second half of the season for us will be far more competitive than the first.” in the article Red Bull boss Christian Horner: 2016 Pirelli tests hurt our 2017 form.
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I thought it was great to see Bernie doing a Facebook Live from the paddock earlier today. Times are obviously moving on and changing. Opening up the digital channels had an immediate impact where the personalities of the drivers are shining through a bit more. The way people follow media in general now, particularly social and digital media, being able to engage with drivers, with teams through a race weekend, seeing some of the behind the scenes action of what's going on.feedback

He must be barking mad, it's the nuttiest race I've ever seen! No testing, he's going to just jump in the car... Turn 1 is a proper turn, it's easy flat the whole way round. I think he needs to see a psychiatrist personally! Would we let our drivers do it? No. I think if a driver commits to a team it's like disappearing with another girlfriend half way through the year, doesn't seem like the right thing to do. Perhaps if the races didn't clash, or do it at the end of his Formula One career, but McLaren have got this approach which is perhaps different to ours, but good for them.feedback

It is a difficult one for Fernando as he is having a tough time. Zak [Brown, McLaren executive director] has this problem. He has a depressed driver on his hands and he is trying to keep him motivated. He has come up with this idea to send him to Indianapolis.feedback

I think he's right up there. It's not a coincidence, now you can see Brazil wasn't a one-off. Maybe good old Bernie's sprinkler system would be good for us! I think the way he's grown up, driving go-karts in the wet on slick tires and stuff like that, he's developed a real instinct and feeling.feedback

At this stage in the race Ferrari and Mercedes were talking about going to the end and then obviously Sebastian triggered it with his stop, Lewis covered it. What didn't appear to make any sense was why they left Kimi [Raikkonen] that long [on the first set of softs], because he sort of ended up in no-man's land. To get our car ahead of a Ferrari and a Mercedes is a good day's work. Solid pit work, good strategy, good racing from the drivers. I think that was the maximum we could get from it.feedback

I think the regulations are so immature there's an enormous amount of potential in all areas of the car. Obviously it's a development race from the start to the finish of the year. There's an awful lot of focus going into front, middle and rear of the car and race by race they'll be progression. Definitely you can see the way Ferrari and Mercedes are working their tyres, it's very effective.feedback

I think the philosophy that we've pursued and adopted is slightly different to the competitors' and we still believe in the potential of that. I don't think we've managed to extract the performance that we believe the car is capable of and that the development path should allow to open up. Hats off to Mercedes and Ferrari, they've both come up with very strong cars but I'm confident we can hopefully get into that fight a little later in the season.feedback

So Vettel on Ricciardo, Verstappen on Ricciardo, Verstappen on Bottas, they were all aggressive, take-your-opportunity overtakes. That's the way it should be and I thought hopefully for the fans today it was a good race.feedback

I think it is as it should be. It looks like it has nullified an element of the DRS and the DRS is doing the job that it was initially intended, to give you that run. But a driver has still got to get a job done. I think all the overtakes that we saw today, maybe there was less of them but they were all earned.feedback

A very frustrating qualifying for Max, an unfortunate issue for him that looks engine related but hopefully can be salvaged without penalty for tomorrow.feedback

Sometimes it's the smaller things that can have a big impact. We weren't in a good operating window in Melbourne. I was actually looking at the pace analysis from last year, and at this race [China] last year we were exactly the same amount behind Ferrari and Mercedes. Ferrari were right on the pace [in China] with Mercedes last year, and we were able to out-develop them during the course of the year. I'm confident with everything coming in the pipeline we've got the basis of a very good car here that will evolve and evolve through the year.feedback

I think we have to reserve judgement until after two or three races. I think if you look at Melbourne historically there has never been a lot of overtakes here. China and Bahrain are two circuits which are much easier to overtake at before drawing judgement. The positive thing is the drivers were pushing all race so there wasn't a lot of fuel saving and not much tyre saving going on which was a positive.feedback

With all these things they come as a package so there is probably an equal share. The problem is the cars seem quite sensitive in dirty air, for Max we didn't see his true potential in clean air. I felt that we had Kimi's pace today but I think we have a half-second to find at this track to be on terms with the cars ahead. I think it will be incremental at every event. It is the usual suspects and looking at the amount of notes Adrian Newey is taking away I am sure he is going to be pretty busy.feedback

To be honest I don't think we're that far behind. With Mercedes I think we have about half a second to find. Ferrari have been very impressive here and probably had the quickest car here. We probably had the third quickest car here and we've got to find a good half-second to get into the fight ahead. Max was pushing Kimi [Raikkonen] hard all race but we didn't have the pace of [Sebastian] Vettel or [Lewis] Hamilton.feedback

I think it is still early days and the regulations are still very immature. We've chosen a different concept and I believe there is really good potential for development with our concept. There are a lot of positives to take out of today at a track we've not been competitive at for the past couple of years. I'm sure we can build on this in the next couple of races.feedback

When we were winning races with Sebastian Vettel he (Surtees) would either ring me or send me an email with his observations after a grand prix weekend. He was very keen to stay in touch with the modern day drivers.feedback

As the regulations are very immature I think things will move quite quickly so I honestly think we'll get ourselves into a competitive situation during this year.feedback

To be honest I don't think we're that far behind. With Mercedes I think we have about half a second to find. Ferrari have been very impressive here and probably had the quickest car [in Melbourne]. We probably had the third quickest car and we've got to find a good half-second to get into the fight ahead. Max was pushing Kimi hard all race but we didn't have the pace of Vettel or Hamilton.feedback

I don't think so, the suspension that were effectively outlawed was something we looked to develop over the winter. Even if we had the ability to run it, it wouldn't have earned its place on the car because of the weight involved. We've run in the same way we've run in previous seasons.feedback

I think Ferrari have done a great job on engine and on chassis, they have had a strong winter, but a season is 20 races and not one. Let's judge a season as a whole rather than after the first race. I believe we've got a good basis and direction.feedback

It was an unbelievable recovery from the mechanics to get him into the race, nobody gave up in working to get the car out there. Then we were always going to be relying on safety cars to get back on to the lead lap. We decided to put the mileage in and get the knowledge anyway.feedback

They have what appear to be grand plans for the future, ambitious plans, and we're looking forward on how they plan to implement those plans. They're credible people, they're marketers, they're accustomed to putting on big events, so it will be fascinating.feedback

Let's not forget Formula One is entertainment, at the end of the day, so it has to be entertaining and to stimulate, not only the viewers, but fans trackside as well. If you're sitting at home watching an event, you want to be thinking: 'Wow! I'd really like to be there and a part of that.'.feedback

The cars are going to stretch the drivers. We don't know whether the racing is going to be better over the year or not but I think the drivers are going to be working harder, you're going to get perhaps more differential between drivers and they're going to have to work harder for overtakes when arguably some of them have been a little bit too easy over recent years.feedback

Being realistic, Lewis is the absolute favourite. He was the favourite coming in and all this has done is underline that.feedback

The D.R.S. effect is, in fact, stronger now, so I'm not so convinced about the overtaking concerns.feedback

The cars look great. They certainly look more like Formula One cars, and they are definitely giving the drivers more of a workout.feedback

He has the petulance of youth. He pushes, he challenges but that's what you want to see in a driver as well. You want there to be a pure spirit in there and not try to dampen it down and over‑manage it. Like any artist in many respects, you have to give them the freedom to breathe. He is growing in experience every grand prix weekend and getting stronger and stronger and the potential is what is so exciting.feedback

That was one of the best drives I've seen in Formula One. This is what I have always done in my life, just racing and driving cars and go-karts fast. I have always been relaxed and that made me fast and so I will have the same approach if fighting for a world title. It will get more intense but you have to be fully on top of it all the time.feedback

The biggest critic I have in my life is my dad, so everything else is just a breeze, it doesn't really matter to me. As a driver it is important to focus on yourself and believe in yourself and there shouldn't be a reason why when you are in F1, when there is more attention, that you change your approach.feedback

I am expecting there to be close racing between the two, but the bottom line is they both work for the team. We are not going to create some enormous rule book for each and every scenario. The rules of engagement are clear. The priority is the team. We expect them to be hard but fair. They will get the same equipment, the same chance, the same opportunities.feedback

The engagement we have had has been enormous. We nearly crashed the Red Bull servers with the influx of following and that is purely an advertisement for what's coming. The broadcasters won't miss out from that, they'll gain because people will think: 'OK, I want to see what goes on' and we are able to get across the personalities of the drivers. What did Daniel Ricciardo have for breakfast, how does he prepare before he gets in the car – people are content hungry.feedback

I think it's wrong to ignore the aesthetics on a car. Unfortunately this is a consequence of the rules but one that should have been able to be addressed quite quickly.feedback

I think the cars look fantastic, the only thing that lets them down is the shark fins. It's something that we raised at the Formula One strategy meeting last year to ask that all teams remove them, because it is pretty marginal the performance gain that they offer. In the interests of aesthetics, it was requested that they be removed. That went to the Formula One commission and unfortunately was immediately rejected by the majority of teams.feedback

They seem very keen to embrace ideas to make the sport more accessible and entertaining. In the immediacy, what we can see is that Formula One will perhaps be made slightly more accessible.feedback

You've probably noticed the teams are putting out a bit more content of what their drivers are up to in the paddock, not what's happening trackside because that belongs to the broadcasters. You could have had breakfast with (Australian) Daniel Ricciardo this morning, seen what he does prior to getting in the car and to the point where he's got in the car to drive out and do his first lap. Which is something that obviously hasn't been possible in previous years.feedback

I think it is right up there, you've got to compare it to those great moments. You don't often witness a motor race like that. What we saw today was something very, very special.feedback

It's going to be interesting to see what the picture is today. The tires are very sensitive.feedback

The regulator is in there to regulate and then the teams are in the participants and entrants.feedback

What is the vision of the promoter going to be for Formula One and what the product should be like. How it's going to engage with the fans, how it's going to improve the show for the future past 2020, I think that's the key element.feedback

It could be a really exciting deal for Formula One if it happens.feedback

There is obviously a lot of speculation going on. I sincerely hope it is not Bernie's last race and I don't believe it will be.feedback

It's probably going to be a season of two halves. The first half is going to be less competitive than the second but we are expecting to make significant progress during the year.feedback

I think it would be foolhardy to write a team off with the calibre of people that Red Bull has in it.feedback

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