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Horner confident updated RB8 will be quick in most conditions

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Sebastian Vettel looked set for victory in Valencia until an alternator problem occured © Press Association
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is confident the RB8 will now be competitive in most conditions after it dominated qualifying and the first half of the race at the European Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel looked set for his second victory of the season in Valencia until a faulty alternator brought his car to a halt. Most teams' performance has varied from race to race this year depending on circuit characteristics and temperatures, but Horner thinks the updated Red Bull is now a good all-rounder and will be in the mix at the next race at Silverstone.

"I think the car is pretty strong in most conditions now so we will keep pushing, keep trying to get performance to the car and hopefully we can be strong in Silverstone. Fernando [Alonso] was tremendously quick there last year, particularly in the second half of the race, so it will be an interesting weekend. We're not even halfway through the championship yet, but it feels like we've done an awful lot of racing up to this point.

"I think that we see form fluctuate from circuit to circuit, but we've had three poles in the last three races and that's encouraging. We were in a commanding position here, tyre degradation looked very low and we were able to match that of our nearest rivals this weekend, and on that side it's been positive. Obviously it's very disappointing to have a DNF and I think the first mechanical retirement we've had since Korea 2010. That's disappointing, but together with Renault I'm sure we'll learn from it and we won't see a repeat."

He said the improved performance of the Red Bull over the weekend offered some consolation.

"The comfort that we must take out of Seb's performance is that he was in a class of his own today and he was in complete control. He had tremendous pace and we leave Valencia knowing we've got a quick car. Mark very much demonstrated that with his recovery from 19th on the grid to fourth on the road."