Christian Horner admitted that Red Bull cannot upstage Ferrari or Mercedes in the Formula 1 constructors championship this year. But he is motivating his team to focus on outscoring Ferrari in the remaining nine races of the season.
Horner admitted, “From a championship point of view I think the gap between us and Mercedes and Ferrari is too big to haul back but I would like to at least outscore Ferrari certainly in the second half of the year.”
He added, “I think if we can get into a situation to challenge for podiums and even the higher places on the podium at a couple of races between now and the end of the year then that is a realistic and I think aggressive target for us.”
Horner admits Red Bull is behind Mercedes and Ferrari in their performance because of a half a second shortage when it matters. The delay is attributed mostly to the Renault power unit (TAG Heuer branded).
But when asked if only the improvement to Renault engine can improve the car further, he said, “It’s a collective ball in everybody’s court!
“We all need to improve, and I think in Formula 1 you can’t leave any stone unturned. So even though we’ve put performance on the car [in Hungary] we will be revisiting all of those components and saying: OK how can we be better?”
“And it’s that philosophy and approach that has served us tremendously well for pretty much the last 10 Years,” added Horner.