Red Bull boss Christian Horner has released a statement of intent ahead of Austrian GP, sending out a warning to Mercedes.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner is of the opinion that his team are in the best position to compete (for the title), since they last won it in 2013. He is very pleased with the preparations and the shape ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.
Red Bull won 4 consecutive Driver’s and Constructors Championships with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, in a period of utter domination for the Milton Keynes-based outfit.
They have come short since 2013, finishing 2nd twice (2014, 2016), 4th in 2015, and runners-up to Mercedes in the last three seasons. But, Horner is confident of putting an even more serious challenge to Mercedes this season.
— Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) June 30, 2020
Christian Horner’s warning for Mercedes
Speaking to Autosport, he had this to say. “It’s going to be an exciting year and it’s going to be intense,”
“Races are going to come thick and fast.
“And for me it feels that we’re going into the season better prepared or it’s the best we’ve been prepared since probably 2013.
“Going into a season, certainly in the hybrid era it’s represented our best off-season.
“Our second year in our relationship with Honda that feels more integrated, very much part of the team now. And we’re excited – we’re really excited to go racing.”
Red Bull and Mercedes at Austrian GP
Both Mercedes and Red Bull are coming to the Austrian GP with a plethora of updates to the car. Ferrari hasn’t made too many changes, but have been traditionally good at Austria, and could spring in a surprise.
Verstappen won the Austrian GP last two seasons, beating Valtteri Bottas in 2019, who started from pole position. Max, naturally, would be hoping for a similar show of strength in this edition.
The F1 2020 season kicks off in Austria this weekend, with the Qualifying sessions this Saturday, and the Final Race on Sunday.