At Red Bull, the doubt at the start of the season must have been pretty strong. The team seemed to be doing reasonably well and should have performed in Austria. The high expectations were not entirely justified, because it almost immediately became clear how big the lead of Mercedes was. In recent weeks, Red Bull has had to pull out all the stops to close the gap with Mercedes.
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton are still supreme, but Horner still sees a slight improvement at Silverstone when it comes to the gap with Mercedes. “During the race they were managing things at Mercedes, I’m sure,” the team boss told Motorsport.com, among others. “We have a pretty good idea of what they’re doing in that regard.” According to Horner, the difference of three to four tenths per lap means that Red Bull is closer to Mercedes than before.
A good step, according to the team boss. “It is certainly encouraging. On a good track for them, we were closer to Mercedes.” The reason that the difference has narrowed is mainly because Red Bull has better mastered the balance problems with the RB16. The difference that remains today is mainly due to the power of the engine. Horner realizes that they are not there yet. “We have to do everything we can to keep closing that gap,” he concludes.