Red Bull Racing’s team principal Christian Horner says that the reason for Red Bull’s sheer straight-line speed is obvious, as evidenced by Red Bull’s appearance at the top of the speed traps during recent Grands Prix.
Horner has also hailed Honda’s efforts, calling them “supportive” in setting up technology for the future. Honda is set to leave F1 at the end of the 2021 season as of now, something which Horner believes will not change irrespective of Red Bull’s title chances.
“They’ve been supportive as we’ve set up our Red Bull powertrains to be able to utilize their technology moving forward,” Horner said about Red Bull’s partnership with Honda.
“It will be tremendously sad to see Honda leave at the end of the year,” thus confirming Honda’s exit from F1 for the foreseeable future, an exit Horner considers to be a great loss.
Honda introduced their second power unit prior to the French Grand Prix, which led to an upgrade in reliability. This was due to the reliability upgrades from Honda’s side.
Horner has also explained the reason behind Red Bull’s success this season, especially in Styria, where Mercedes was no match for Max Verstappen and Red Bull.
“We had a really skinny rear wing so you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out why we’re potentially a bit quicker on the straights,” Horner elaborated.
“It’s undoubted that Honda have done a great job over the winter. They’ve been a great partner for us to work with, but there’s still half a year to go.”