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Red Bull drivers 'are best in F1'

Venue: Hungaroring Dates: 24-26 July 2009 Coverage: Live coverage of Friday's practice sessions, Saturday qualifying and Sunday's race - which starts at 1300 BST - across BBC TV, radio and online platforms. Find full listings here

Mark Webber, Christian Horner and Sebastian Vettel
Horner thinks Webber (left) and Vettel (right) offer different qualities as drivers

Team boss Christian Horner believes Red Bull have the best drivers in Formula 1 - and says both men are being given an equal chance of success.

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber are closing in on Brawn GP's championship leader Jenson Button after recent one-two finishes in Britain and Germany.

"Our drivers are both at the top of their game," said Horner ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

"I think we've the best driver line-up in F1 at the moment."

British Grand Prix winner Vettel and Germany GP winner Webber have made significant inroads into Button's lead at the top of the drivers' championship in recent races, and now trail the Englishman by 21 and 22.5 points in second and third place respectively.

Both drivers are being treated with total fairness within the team and supplied with identical equipment

Christian Horner

Traditionally in F1, teams will often push greater resources towards one driver as the season progresses in order to maximise the chances of them achieving the best results possible.

But with such a small gap between Vettel and Webber, and with both still firmly in contention for the world title, Horner is refusing to back one over the other with eight races of 2009 remaining.

"Our drivers are at different stages in their career, and they are pushing one another very hard," he said.

"Both [are] being treated with total fairness within the team and supplied with identical equipment."

Vettel, who also won the Chinese GP this season, had looked to be pulling away from his team-mate.

But after securing his maiden victory at the Nurburgring in the last race, Australia's Webber - now fully fit following a cycling accident in November that left him with a broken leg and shoulder - is pushing him all the way as they bid to secure a first F1 title for Red Bull.


"When I saw Mark in early January, he'd forgotten to mention he'd also broken his shoulder [as well as his leg]," said Horner.

"He was resolute in his determination to drive the new car at its launch.

"[But] I think it's only now we are seeing Mark at the level of fitness he was at prior to his injury, and his recent results show he is absolutely in the form of his life.

"As for Sebastian, he is undoubtedly a star in the making. He shows remarkable maturity, given his lack of experience.

"He is a prodigious talent who will continue to get better. The best is yet to come from him."

Despite being happy with the form of his drivers, Horner insists Red Bull still have room for improvement.

"You can always do better," he added. "There are no obvious weaknesses in our armoury, but as a group we must continue to push ourselves in all areas all the time."

Title rivals Brawn are also promising further improvement, with team boss Ross Brawn revealing their car would have significant upgrades in Hungary which "will bring performance gains".

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