After outscoring Ferrari by 13 points in Austria and another 15 at Silverstone, is Horner right to assume that Ferrari won’t improve?
The Red Bull team started the year with the ambition of re-establishing themselves within the “big three” and so far, they have achieved this. Not only are the Red Bull’s of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen superior to the Williams that beat them last year, but they also look stronger than Ferrari. It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they could challenge Mercedes in a few of the upcoming circuits either.
The surge in capability can’t be put down to a single thing. Chief designer Adrian Newey has had a greater input into the design of the RB12 after a stepping in from the sidelines. The Renault power-unit no longer has the same power deficit to the Mercedes or Ferrari, and their driver line-up has taken a big step forward with the addition of the talented Verstappen.
In what looks to be the third-year of the Mercedes dominant era, it’s easy to forget that Red Bull were the force to be reckoned with for the four years before the Mercedes picked up pace. Sebastian Vettel was their star driver, their champion, but now the Bulls must look to detain their ex-man in his Ferrari.
Team principal Christian Horner was all front when asked recently about how his team can improve in their hunt for 2nd in the constructor standings. The Spice boy (because he’s married to a spice girl, not because he resembles Ainsley Harriot) recently said,
“We outscored Ferrari by 15 points at Silverstone [before gaining more from Nico Rosberg’s penalty] and we outscored them by 13 points in Austria.
We have some of the more powerful circuits out of the way like Montreal, Baku and Austria and the circuits coming up hopefully play to some of our strengths. It’s going to be a tight battle with them for the rest of the year.
There are still areas where we can find time and performance but we’re actually in the race with Mercedes now at certain circuits which is great to see. Hopefully there are circuits coming up like the next one where maybe we can sneak a bit closer still.”
– Christian Horner