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Red Bull confident for Monza

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel's victory was Red Bull's first at Spa-Francorchamps © Getty Images

Christian Horner says that Red Bull's one-two at Spa gives the team further confidence that it can be competitive at the Italian Grand Prix.

Red Bull has yet to reach the podium at the high-speed Monza circuit, although Sebastian Vettel did win there for Toro Rosso in 2008. Having previously never won in Belgium before Vettel's victory, Horner admitted that it was a result which would boost the team heading to Italy, but that he expected a tough challenge from Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes.

"We know that Monza has always, certainly in recent years, been our weakest circuit," Horner said. "We know Ferrari will be strong there, as they historically are. McLaren and Mercedes will be strong there.

"But this result gives us a lot of confidence and we will be going to Monza determined to try and better our previous best result, which is a fourth place there. Again, a different challenge to Spa, but with the performance we have seen in the first and third sector here, hopefully it's signs of a good omen for Monza."

When asked when he would start thinking the championship was Red Bull's, Horner said there would be no complacency until it is mathematically confirmed.

"When it's impossible for anybody else to win it! There are seven races to go, there's still a lot of points available on the board. This is our seventh win this year, it's our 12th pole, we've got a 100 per cent finishing record, but we do not underestimate our rivals and there will be no complacency. We are heads down, focused on the next race - and not thinking that anything is done and dusted at this point of time. We don't change our approach."