For the first time since 2013, Red Bull seems to have a realistic chance at the world title. Christian Horner believes the team can do it, saying they’ve managed to maximize opportunities in the past.
Red Bull have been on the pace of Mercedes at every round so far this season. So far in Monaco, it hasn’t seemed that way, but Red Bull boss Horner is not worried.
“There’s no difference to your approach, to be honest,” Horner said. “The pressure’s no less because obviously, the races we’ve won in the previous years have been about grabbing opportunities and being sharp.”
“So I think as a race team we are always very sharp and I think we’ve managed to maximize opportunities historically, and I think that’s obviously what we need to do throughout this year.”
Horner believes the length of the 2021 season – 23 races – will add an extra dimension into the title, which he says is being fought by two drivers at the top of their game.
“They bring out the best in each other. I think Lewis is operating at a phenomenal level. Max is right there, and they’ve been the two standout drivers of the championship so far. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, so it’s going to be about how we develop, how the car suits us at different circuits, reliability, and an element of luck as well.”
Horner will be hoping the day off today will let the team sort out the reason they are off the pace of Mercedes and, surprisingly, Ferrari, who were the pacesetters yesterday.