Red Bull: Understanding of Pirelli tyres is key

26th March 2012

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes that a better understanding of the Pirelli tyres used in Formula One will be key to world championship success.

The assessment followed a topsy-turvy Malaysian Grand Prix, which saw Ferrari's Fernando Alonso take the chequered flag ahead of newcomer Sergio Perez for team Sauber.

In wet and windy conditions, Perez was able to take advantage of an early tyre change to challenge at the front of the pack.

It proved an afternoon to forget for reigning champion Sebastian Vettel and his nearest challenger Jenson Button though, who both suffered collisions with HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan.

Despite Vettel's 11th place finish proving a setback to Team Red Bull, the respectable fourth position achieved by teammate Mark Webber meant all was not lost for Horner and co.

Speaking to autosport after the race, the Red Bull team principal was in philosophical mood about the team's chances for the rest of the season.

"Consistency will be important all the way through," he said.

"The tyres seem to be the biggest variant. They seem to have changed the most from last year and, as you can see, different cars at different points are quick."

Horner believes that the evidence of the first two races of the campaign shows that performance swings are likely to be quite dramatic throughout 2012.

The next grand prix is scheduled for the weekend of April 13th and will take place in Shanghai, China.

Posted by Danielle Barge