Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz says he is aiming for no lower than the 2010 championship

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    Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz says he is aiming for no lower than the 2010 championship

    Post by Mike on 1st March 2010, 15:29

    Mateschitz: Title the target for Red Bull

    Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has set high targets for the 2010 World Formula One Championship by declaring his team must fight for the championship this season, and believes Red Bull Racing now belong at the top

    With less than two weeks until Bahrain, Mateschitz fired an ultimatum to his team and a message to the Formula 1 paddock.

    Red Bull were runners up in both constructors’ and drivers’ championships in 2009 despite a mid-season fight back to strong starting British squad Brawn GP.

    The energy drink giant's owner hopes the momentum is with them this season after admitting only title honours will suffice.

    "We have realistic expectations that of course progressed each year," said Mateschitz.

    "Last year we wanted to finish among the top three teams, which we achieved.' the 65-year-old told Austrian newspaper the Salzburger Nachrichten.

    The billionaire also went onto say that he felt his driver Sebastian Vettel was robbed of the title due to the early season double diffuser row.

    "At the start of last season, we were the only team without a double diffuser that could match Brawn's pace," he said. "If you consider we had to rebuild the car, Vettel had to accept the penalty after Melbourne, he could have been champion already last year."

    Mateschitz is also happy with the driver pairing of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel and he feels both drivers are title ready, which could only have a positive effect on the team.

    "As Sebastian, he can too. Two drivers of equal strength are no problem but a huge advantage because they push their respective limits.

    “Sebastian had more wins and poles last year than Mark but on fastest laps they were equal. Vettel of course is an exceptional personality that might come out maybe in some decades.

    "By his pressure Mark could push his limits remarkably. The fact that Vettel is a product of our young driver scheme is an additional satisfaction for us."

    However the Austrian went on to comment about the long term future of Red Bull's engine supplier, suggesting he doubts that Renault have a long term commitment to the sport.

    “I doubt it, because I suspect Renault does not intend to be in Formula 1 for so long,” he continued. “That Renault does not have a long-term connection is for us a little bit of an uncertainty.”

    Mike Trusler

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