Jenson Button could be Red Bull's largest threat in 2012
It may appear that McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is the focus of everyone's attention in the run up to the new Formula One season, however, Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes that attention may be misplaced...
It is Horner's opinion that Hamilton's team mate Jenson Button may actually be the “one to watch” as the season progresses; Horner recently admitted that he thinks Button could in fact pose the biggest threat to his team during the 2012 season.
"Seb had an unbelievable year and in the end dominated significantly," he said. "But there are some big opponents out there, with six world champions on the grid."
Despite this, the Red Bull boss has also made it very clear that he thinks two-time world champion Sebastian Vettel still has a great deal more to display and should in no way be underestimated.
"We are yet to see the best from him," commented Horner in a recent radio interview. "He will evolve and get stronger."
In addition to Button, Horner also pointed out various other drivers whom he thinks will pose significant competition to Red Bull throughout the 2012 season; among those potential contenders named were Hamilton, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen.
Lewis is going to be pushing hard this year, Jenson had a great year last year, you can't rule out Fernando because he is a world-class driver and it will be interesting to see how Kimi fares on his return." added the Red Bull boss.
Horner also spoke about Red Bull's preparations for the upcoming season, mentioning that he was pleased with the team's successful pre-season testing in Barcelona.
Sporting Bet and Paddy Power currently offer 11/2 odds that McLaren's Lewis Hamilton will go on to win the 2012 F1 drivers' championship.