After unforeseen difficulties in the last two races before the summer break, Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has assured that the team will come back fighting for the second half of the season.
Red Bull and their driver Max Verstappen lost the lead in their respective championships after the last race in Hungary. Verstappen secured only two points in his last race which came after a DNF at the British GP. To add salt to their wounds, the driver Sergio Perez has not picked up a single point in the last two championship rounds.
Horner has reflected on this: “I think the whole team deserves a break, drivers will get a good bit of time off, and believe you me, we’re going to come out fighting in the second half of this championship. It’s going to be interesting.”
Red Bull expects to face a set-back with grid penalties in the second half of the season because of the damages their engines have taken in the last two races. Valtteri Bottas’ collision with Lando Norris forced both the Red Bull’s into a compromised situation at the Hungarian GP, with Perez having to retire with engine issues. The Finn’s mistake resulted in a costly 5-place grid penalty for him at the next race in Spa-Francorchamps.
Horner, however, believes that the penalty will not cost Bottas as heavily as expected especially around a track like Spa where Mercedes’ pace should counteract the effect of the penalty to an extent.
“The penalty is what it is. If it’s a track like the Hungaroring, it’s obviously a bit more consequential than at a track like Spa. I would think he’ll be back in position by the end of the second lap.”
Despite winning 6 races in 11 rounds of the championship, Horner hopes for better luck in the second half of the season.
“At no point did we feel absolutely in control [of the championship]. We’ve won six races in the first half of the year. The races that we haven’t scored at if you look at Azerbaijan wasn’t Max’s fault, Silverstone wasn’t Max’s fault, Hungary wasn’t Max’s fault.
“Our luck will change over the length of a season it will balance itself out, and I’m looking forward to the second half of the year.”