Red Bull Owner Expects Both F1 Titles in 2010

Red Bull's owner Dietrich Mateschitz made it very clear that he will settle for nothing less than both the drivers' and manufacturers' titles this season. After a year 2009 in which only the poor reliability of the Renault engines – as pointed out by Mateschitz – kept them from grabbing the title from Brawn GP's backyard, Red Bull would have no excuse for missing out on the F1 titles once more.

While insisting that he is totally satisfied with both his drivers for the 2010 season – therefore fending off rumors regarding his not-so-good relationship with 33-year old Mark Webber – Mateschitz confirmed that he's not happy with his team's position in the point standings.

First of all, I am satisfied with drivers and car all around. What I am not satisfied with is the score because on paper we should have a head start instead of having a deficit. Now we have to make up lost ground,” said the energy drink company's owner in an interview with Salzburger Nachrichten.

Although regarded as the team to beat from the very start of the 2010 season, Red Bull had plenty of problems in turning their exceptional qualifying performances in race wins. The Austrian outfit recorded 4 wins in 2010, just like McLaren Mercedes, despite dominating 8 of the 9 qualifying sessions so far.

Asked about his world title aspirations for the ongoing campaign, Mateschitz was crystal clear.

Of course, expecting anything less would be absurd. If someone with our potential cannot expect to win the World Championship, then who?” added the Austrian businessman.

In the overall classification, Red Bull are second to leaders McLaren Mercedes by 30 points, while in the drivers' race, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber are 3rd and 4th respectively, both within a race win from leader Lewis Hamilton.
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