As the second World Cup (256 points) and the first Mercedes tracker, Red Bull goes with a lot of confidence into the second half of the season of Formula 1 2016. Had the previous year ended with 187 counters as the fourth of the designers, With an exit from the royal class threatened and motor supplier Renault blames the main blame for the mess, everything is now vain sunshine again.
The engine has made a clear step forward,”team leader Christian Horner says to’Autosport’. This is due to the progress made by Renault since the end of last season: “Restructuring has taken place, philosophy has changed, There are new inputs to the development.”That’s why Horner traces the recent success mainly to the drive:”We have almost halved the gap to Mercedes”, the British governs the good cooperation with Renault.
“We have developed the chassis and of course we have to play these things together, But the biggest part of it is the better engine, I would say.”In the Renault factory in Viry there is obviously a good technical management, it is going in the right direction, says Horner.”It’s going in the right direction.” The engine for this year has absolutely corresponded to the forecasts of the previous season,”he emphasizes the reliability of Renault. Accordingly, he expresses confidence about the future of Red Bull.
Horner: Can become even strong er
“If they can do this again, we should be able to close the gap to Mercedes –at least to the Mercedes of this year. Who knows what they’ll have in the pipeline next year,”Horner estimates. So far Red Bull has been able to find half a second to the round compared to last year. Although Renault plans the next major update only 2017, the Red Bull team leader hopes for the second half of the season to continue the upward trend.
“We feel that we can become even stronger in the second half of the year and hope for a good fight with Ferrari towards the end of the World Championship”, says Horner. Right now, Red Bull has the lead. Holding second place behind Mercedes and in front of Ferrari would be “an incredible result”. From the positive first half of the season, which one would not have expected in a million years, one draws the strength and enthusiasm to continue this way.
After all, Red Bull 2017 no longer wants to fight Ferrari, but to challenge Mercedes. A successful end to the season would be a first step. Motorsport consultant Helmut Marko is no doubt there: he believes that the World Champion will only go over Mercedes or Red Bull in the next three years.” Our engine manufacturer Renault throws the right gas, our chassis is one of the best anyway”and also the driver parking is not to be topped by the latest next year.