Date: 8th February 2013 at 11:13am
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The 2013 Formula One World Championship is set to be wide open like in previous years according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

The 2012 season began in almost chaotic fashion with the teams struggling to get an understanding of the Pirelli tyres.

The teams had to hunt for the sweet spot and if they found it they would go on and have a good weekend, but if they couldn’t find it they would struggle.

Some teams lucked into the winning formula with Nico Rosberg winning his maiden Grand Prix for Mercedes and Pastor Maldonado doing the same for Williams.

This year the teams will have a greater understanding of the tyres, but the gaps between the teams with few regulation changes mean that the races should remain close.

‘I think it will be a case of different circuits suiting different cars, Last year the significant blown diffuser change had a large impact on our early season performance.’ Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Autosport Magazine.

‘As a team we optimised our performances where our car was sub-optimal, focussed on developing the car and, when we got the opportunity, we grabbed it with both hands and delivered when it mattered.

‘I think this season coming will be another where it will to and fro; there are four or five teams capable of winning and it will be down to teams and drivers to do the most consistent job from race one to 19.

‘On days you can’t win, the third, fourth, and fifth places become so important. You have to make sure you get the maximum possible from each weekend.’