Red Bull Racing is refusing to consider the World Championship its to lose, despite Sebastian Vettel having won five of the opening six races of the campaign.
Vettel took another victory in Monaco last weekend, which means that his second placed finish in China earlier this year remains the only result that has prevented him taking a perfect score so far in 2011. Although that form, and his lead in the points standings, suggests that Vettel is now well on course to secure back-to-back titles, Red Bull Racing believes that the situation is much tighter than some are suggesting.
"Sebastian is seven points off a maximum score after six rounds, and that is a phenomenal start to the year," explained Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner. The races, every one of them, have been exciting. This will go down as one of the Monaco thrillers, and he made his own luck here.
"But Jenson [Button] was very quick, Lewis [Hamilton] was very quick last week, and Fernando [Alonso] was strong here again. We cannot take anything for granted. We have made the results stick this year which has been tremendously satisfying for the team. Even with a difficult race in Monaco we managed to win the race with huge pressure from behind, but there is an awfully long way to go in this championship and things can change very, very quickly."
He added: "Seb has got a healthy lead. But the points with the new system are quite deceptive. His 58 points lead under the old points system is just over 20 points, so that is just over two race wins.
"Things can change very, very quickly. He has got himself into a great position, and he is seven points off a maximum score, but as we have seen in the last two weeks he has been pushed all the way by different competitors."