Horner: Red Bull raced with Mercedes

Horner: Red Bull raced with Mercedes

28 May 2014 – Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says the recent Monaco Grand Prix marked the first time this season that his squad put up a genuine fight against comfortable championship leaders Mercedes.

After the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, from which Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire with an engine-related problem, the Silver Arrows have embarked on an impressive run of five consecutive 1-2 finishes.

But while Monte-Carlo ultimately yielded the same result, Horner reckons Red Bull was much closer to the pace, with Daniel Ricciardo pushing second-placed Hamilton all the way en route to the final podium position.

"It is the first time we have raced Mercedes this year," Horner said of the Monte-Carlo event. "Particularly in the last third of the race, Dan was the quickest car on the track so we can take a lot of confidence from that."

Horner admits, however, that Red Bull is likely to fall away from Mercedes at the Canadian Grand Prix.

"You go from one extreme to the other," said Horner, whose team sits second in the standings but 141 points adrift of Mercedes. "Monaco is all about handling characteristics, the next event is straight-line performance, so it is going to be very interesting to see how we fare against the Mercedes-powered teams in Montreal."

Horner believes Red Bull's biggest gains will come in the engine department at upcoming races.

"We are very much in Renault's hands," said Horner, referring to the French brand's quest for improvements.

"We are making progress. They are making progress. Total on the fuel side have been making progress.

"Really we are where we should have been in January, so there is still a long way and Mercedes are obviously not standing still. But we are only at race six; there is still a long way to go in this championship."

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Friday 27 March 2015

  2. Wilson joins Andretti for Indianapolis rounds 15:17

    Wilson joins Andretti for Indianapolis rounds

    Justin Wilson will race for Andretti Autosport at this year's Indianapolis 500 and at the preceding round of the championship on…

    Indy
  3. Fernley: Mid-season revival for Force India 13:30

    Fernley: Mid-season revival for Force India

    Force India Deputy Team Principal Robert Fernley says that it won't be until the middle of the 2015 campaign until the squad…

    F1
  4. Renault issues threat to quit Formula 1 12:05

    Renault issues threat to quit Formula 1

    Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul says that the French company could pull out of Formula 1 - with Red Bull's Christian…

    F1
  5. Vettel not happy with Friday performance 11:54

    Vettel not happy with Friday performance

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel says he was not happy with his own performance during practice for this weekend's Malaysian Grand…

    F1
  6. Alonso upbeat about McLaren progress 11:10

    Alonso upbeat about McLaren progress

    Fernando Alonso says he is pleased with the progress McLaren has made as he returned to action during Friday practice for the…

    F1
  7. Stevens pleased to be within 107 percent 10:22

    Stevens pleased to be within 107 percent

    Manor Marussia driver Will Stevens says he was pleased to be within the 107 percent mark of the fastest time in both practice…

    F1
  8. 10:04

    Latest F1 photos: Friday at Sepang

    F1
  9. Red Bull drivers note improvements 09:50

    Red Bull drivers note improvements

    Red Bull pair Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo expressed their optimism over improvements made to the RB11 following Friday's…

    F1
  10. Bottas confident over back injury 09:43

    Bottas confident over back injury

    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas says he is sure that he won't be bothered by the back pain which forced him out of the…

    F1
  11. Hamilton surprised by Ferrari practice pace 09:02

    Hamilton surprised by Ferrari practice pace

    Lewis Hamilton says he was surprised by the pace Ferrari displayed on the opening day of practice for the Malaysian Grand…

    F1
  12. 07:39

    Malaysian Grand Prix: Full Practice 2 results

    F1
  13. Hamilton moves ahead in second practice 07:34

    Hamilton moves ahead in second practice

    Lewis Hamilton recovered from his morning technical woes to set the standard during second practice for the Malaysian Grand…

    F1
  14. Williams given suspended fine over tyres 07:01

    Williams given suspended fine over tyres

    Williams has been given a suspended fine of €10,000 after a tyre breach in Malaysian Grand Prix practice. All drivers are…

    F1
  15. 05:54

    Follow second practice for the Malaysian GP!

    F1
  16. Marciello pleased with F1 practice debut 05:52

    Marciello pleased with F1 practice debut

    Sauber reserve driver Raffaele Marciello was in high spirits after making his Formula 1 practice debut at the Malaysian Grand…

    F1
  17. Hamilton's engine allocation unaffected 05:12

    Hamilton's engine allocation unaffected

    Mercedes has said that Lewis Hamilton's engine allocation will not be affected by the problem he suffered during first practice…

    F1
  18. Stoner to make racing return at Suzuka 8hr 04:50

    Stoner to make racing return at Suzuka 8hr

    Casey Stoner will come out of retirement to contest this year's Suzuka 8hr race with Honda. The two-time MotoGP World…

    MotoGP
  19. 03:45

    Malaysian Grand Prix: Full Practice 1 results

    F1
  20. Rosberg tops FP1 as Hamilton hits trouble 03:37

    Rosberg tops FP1 as Hamilton hits trouble

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg topped opening practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, while team-mate and reigning World Champion…

    F1
  21. 01:51

    Follow first practice for the Malaysian GP!

    F1
  22. Sepang boss wants young Malaysian in F1 01:20

    Sepang boss wants young Malaysian in F1

    The boss of the Sepang circuit says that the future of the Malaysian Grand Prix would be boosted if a young driver from the…

    F1
  23. Video of the Day: Hamilton's Sepang preview 01:04

    Video of the Day: Hamilton's Sepang preview

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton previews this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

    F1
  24. Thursday 26 March 2015

  25. Video: Dealing with the heat at Sepang 19:14

    Video: Dealing with the heat at Sepang

    Fred Fernando, of Ferrari medical partner Medex, talks about tackling the heat and humidity at Sepang.

    F1
  26. Márquez sets pace in opening Qatar session 17:55

    Márquez sets pace in opening Qatar session

    Reigning double World Champion Marc Márquez set the pace as the new MotoGP season began under the lights at Losail in…

    MotoGP
  27. Ex-tester Frijns joins Blancpain Series 14:37

    Ex-tester Frijns joins Blancpain Series

    Former Formula 1 test driver Robin Frijns has switched to endurance racing for 2015 after signing a deal to race for the WRT…

    Misc
  28. Amberg joins Lazarus for GP2 campaign 14:10

    Amberg joins Lazarus for GP2 campaign

    Zoël Amberg will make his GP2 Series debut next month after penning a deal to race for Lazarus. Amberg has spent the last…

    GP2
  29. Hamilton: Red Bull equalisation call 'funny' 13:55

    Hamilton: Red Bull equalisation call 'funny'

    Lewis Hamilton says Christian Horner's call for the FIA to rein in Mercedes is "funny", considering the success his Red Bull…

    F1
  30. IndyCar season preview: Five key questions 13:21

    IndyCar season preview: Five key questions

    When the green flag drops on the streets of St. Petersburg on Sunday, it will have been almost seven months since the last…

    Indy
  31. 12:31

    Latest F1 photos: Thursday at Sepang

    F1
  32. Manor Marussia fires up car at Sepang 12:28

    Manor Marussia fires up car at Sepang

    Manor Marussia has fired up its car for the first time ahead of this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. The outfit made the…

    F1
  33. Sepang circuit boss wants late-season slot 11:43

    Sepang circuit boss wants late-season slot

    Malaysian Grand Prix boss Razlan Razali is hopeful that Sepang will extend its stay on the Formula 1 calendar, and has set his…

    F1
  34. Kobayashi joins Toyota's WEC effort 10:46

    Kobayashi joins Toyota's WEC effort

    Former Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi has joined Toyota's World Endurance Championship squad as its official test and reserve…

    LM
  35. Rosberg: Unfair to say we're further ahead 10:41

    Rosberg: Unfair to say we're further ahead

    Nico Rosberg says it is unfair to suggest that Mercedes has increased its advantage over the rest of the Formula 1 field this…

    F1
  36. Williams signs Sutil as reserve driver 10:03

    Williams signs Sutil as reserve driver

    Williams has announced Adrian Sutil as its official reserve driver for the 2015 campaign. The German, who lost his Sauber…

    F1
  37. Bottas makes car changes to aid back 09:14

    Bottas makes car changes to aid back

    Valtteri Bottas says he has changed the seat and pedal positions in his Williams in a bid to prevent a repeat of the back issue…

    F1
  38. Alonso says steering 'locked' for testing crash 08:19

    Alonso says steering 'locked' for testing crash

    McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso has gone against the team's official explanation of his testing crash, revealing that he…

    F1
  39. Alonso, Bottas declared fit to race 05:22

    Alonso, Bottas declared fit to race

    McLaren-Honda's Fernando Alonso and Williams driver Valtteri Bottas have been declared fit to compete at this weekend's…

    F1
  40. Sepang memories: Räikkönen's first win 05:14

    Sepang memories: Räikkönen's first win

    Watch as McLaren's Kimi Räikkönen claims his first Formula 1 victory at the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix.

    F1
  41. Wednesday 25 March 2015

  42. Stewart sure Alonso will have no problems 14:45

    Stewart sure Alonso will have no problems

    Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart believes that Fernando Alonso will have "no trouble at all" when the…

    F1
  43. Button: Malaysia heat to test McLaren 13:08

    Button: Malaysia heat to test McLaren

    Jenson Button believes that the high temperatures expected at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix will test McLaren after a…

    F1
more news