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Christian Horner believes Red Bull will be firmly in the Formula One world title hunt this season if they can crack their qualifying issues.
After dominating on a Saturday for the last two years, Red Bull has suddenly fallen on hard times by their standards when it comes to the one-lap showdown.
Of the 38 grands prix over 2010 and 2011, reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was on pole 25 times, with team-mate Mark Webber weighing in with a further eight.
However, in three races so far this season neither Vettel nor Webber has yet to see the front row, never mind come close to pole.
Vettel even slumped to 11th on the grid in Shanghai four days ago, the 24-year-old German's worst qualifying performance for 42 races since the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Yet on Sundays, Red Bull have proven strong and reliable, with Webber currently nine points adrift of championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Vettel 17.
Horner knows if the team can solve their Saturday issues then the better results the day after will follow.
"Our strategy in the first three races has been strong," said Horner.
"But where we've been weak on a Saturday we've performed quite well on a Sunday. We just need to sort out qualifying now.
"We know we've good race pace, so if we can just get qualifying sorted then we can make a significant step forward."
That, however, will likely only be after this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix and ahead of the European campaign starting in Spain in mid-May, albeit with a three-day test in Mugello before that at the beginning of the month.
One option for Red Bull is to follow the double-DRS system on the Mercedes cars now deemed perfectly legal by the FIA following a failed protest from Lotus in China.
The device is especially useful in qualifying as DRS can be used at any time, in contrast to a race when it can only be employed in the specific detection zone to assist overtaking.
Horner, though, concedes the system, like others Red Bull have perfected of their own in the past, is not so easy as simply adding it on to the car.
"I think there's been a lot said and a lot of fuss about it," said Horner, who himself expressed doubts about its legality earlier this season.
"They (Mercedes) have optimised and capitalised on it, so inevitably now we'll all pursue our own solutions.
"First of all, like any component, it has to earn a place on the car as a package. It's not a given that on everybody's car it's bolt-on lap time."