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F1: Red Bull Making Mistakes But On Track For Title, Schumacher Blames Car For Struggles Photo:
Mike Stevens | Aug, 17 2010 | 1 Comment

Red Bull is set to canter to the 2010 World Championship, according to Gerhard Berger.

The 10-time Grand Prix winner, friend and Austrian countryman of the team's billionaire owner Dietrich Mateschitz, said the Adrian Newey-penned RB6 is in a league of its own.

"They can make many mistakes and still be in front," Berger said.

Indeed, Red Bull is currently leading the Constructors' Championship from McLaren, while Vettel's teammate Mark Webber is ahead in the drivers' chase.

"For some reason, Sundays just don't work out right for me," Sebastian Vettel said, after Bild am Sonntag ran an article pointing out how many more points the German youngster should have collected at Grands Prix so far in 2010.

Berger praises the Milton Keynes based team's technical chief Newey.

"Aerodynamics are now the lifeblood of a F1 car. This is why I see them (Red Bull) being at the front for the next few years," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

"I always advised Mateschitz to go for Newey. At first I was a bit nervous because it didn't immediately work out; I think at the start he (Newey) was too distracted with management matters.

"Since he has concentrated on his specialty, he has shown he is in a class of one," added Berger.



Schumacher Blames Car For Comeback Struggle

Michael Schumacher insists that his struggle to get up to speed in his Formula One comeback season is due to Mercedes' 2010 car.

The seven-time World Champion is just ninth in the Drivers' Championship after 12 races, 56 points behind his teammate Nico Rosberg and yet to stand on the podium.

"Looking at the points table then of course we cannot be satisfied," German Schumacher, 41, told his sponsor DVAG in an interview.

"But there are reasons why the deficit is so great," he said.

Brackley based Mercedes GP was purchased by the German marque from 2009 drivers' and constructors' champions Brawn, and according to Schumacher it is for this reason that the W01 is not performing well.

Jenson Button said recently that the car, with a tendency to understeer rather than provide Schumacher with the 'pointy' front that he desires, was designed for him before he decided to switch to McLaren.

Schumacher confirmed: "This is the car that was put into our hands.

"It is a remnant of what was created last year," he said. "As a result there are many compromises that the driver has to deal with.

"The car is not at all in harmony with the tyres, or also with us as the drivers," the record winner of 91 Grands Prix said.

Mercedes has now effectively turned its development attention to the 2011 car.

"We have to ensure that the (new) car blends correctly with the drivers, and we are on the right track to be competitive in 2011," he said.

"We are working harder than ever so that we can go for the titles."


(Mark Webber Photo by Malcolm Griffiths/Getty Images)

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