Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is proud of his team’s performance so far in 2021 and hopes to get the better of Mercedes in the second half of the season.
Despite a strong first season half, Red Bull sits behind Mercedes in the constructor’s and driver’s title fight. Horner has shared that despite their performance so far, the team needs to take it to improve if they want a chance at the title this season.
“We [have] just got to do it better than the first half. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing.
“There are going to be some challenges on track and off track. But we have just got to keep taking the approach that we have and trying to maximize our performance as a team in each session, each qualifying, and each race.
“But inevitably, once you get the business end of the championship, the stakes increase. You sort of go through and tick off the events one by one at the moment. But the closer to the end you get, the more the pressure increases…”
Red Bull has won 6 races in the first half of the season and has done so on tracks dominated by Mercedes in the past. An example being Max Verstappen’s victory in France. This is indicative of the RB16B’s pace. Horner has reflected on their car for this season and believes that they finally have a package that will help them fight for the championship till the end of the season.
“We’ve managed to win six of the races so far this year, which is a phenomenal record, more than we’ve won in the last couple of years and I think that being in that championship fight is exciting for everybody.
“It’s been seven long years that we’ve been very much a support role. We’ve managed to win races through being tactically shrewd and being good on our toes, but we were not able to put a sustained campaign together. Now we have the tools to do that, we have a chassis that performs extremely well, we have an engine that’s delivering, and we’ve got a driver that’s at the top of his game and experienced.”
Red Bull has not been near Mercedes’ pace till this season and has had to capitalize on winning strategically in the past. Horner has shown his confidence in their 2021 challenger and expects a ferocious title fight on and off-track with Mercedes right till the last race.