F1: Red Bull Racing boss predicts a Mercedes driver will win 2014 title

From GMM

Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner is predicting an all-Mercedes silver duel for the 2014 title.

“Lewis (Hamilton) and Nico (Rosberg) — who else is there?” he is quoted by the Times after a disastrous winter for reigning quadruple world champions Red Bull.

Horner may not sound confident about Red Bull’s chances with its struggling Renault-powered RB10, but he is not writing off the Milton Keynes based team.

“It seems the Mercedes-powered teams are in good shape and we are, er, not,” he smiled.

F1 Mercedes W05 Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes W05. (Photo: WRi2)

Renault is taking much of the blame for the crisis, but car designer Adrian Newey admits Red Bull might also have been wiser.

“Looking back,” he told the April issue of the Red Bulletin magazine, “it would have been smarter to concentrate full power on the new car earlier on.

“(But) in August, no one could have guessed that we would be so far ahead by the end of the (2013) season,” Newey added.

Horner claims that with the ‘power unit’ so important in 2014, Red Bull is at a slight disadvantage compared to its main rivals Mercedes and Ferrari.

“The split between chassis and engine is obviously different in our team than it is at Mercedes and Ferrari,” he is quoted by the Guardian.

“We’re not totally integrated.”

Outside Red Bull, there are cries of relief that Red Bull’s run of dominance appears over.

“One team destroying it for four years, having ass-whipped so badly, is not good for the sport,” Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is quoted by the Express.

“I’ve been flying through all these airports and keep bumping into someone from a different country who says they used to watch F1 but not anymore,” he added.

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