Red Bull has 'overachieved in many aspects'
29 July 2014 – Christian Horner reckons Red Bull has "overachieved in many respects" this season, despite the massive 174-point difference between his team and Mercedes.
Daniel Ricciardo gave the Milton Keynes-based squad its second win of the year in Hungary last weekend, but despite that boost, it is clear Red Bull will concede both crowns to Mercedes in 2014.
"Our standard this year is not as strong as in previous years," Red Bull team boss Horner admitted in an interview with the official Formula 1 website.
"But we are still the only other team to win a race, we are second in the world championship, and we have had a whole bunch of podiums with the handicap of an engine that is very underpowered compared to our rivals."
"Actually, I would say that we have overachieved in many respects, so as soon as we start to close that horsepower deficit then we will able to take the fight to Mercedes," he added.
"And Sunday's race was a fantastic example: when the horsepower deficit is not so much of an issue we are right there."
Horner stressed again that Red Bull is very much committed to working with Renault, even if the power unit has been the weak link.
"It is not on our agenda at this point in time [to change engine partner]," Horner continued.
"We want to make things work with Renault. We've had huge success with Renault - we've won almost 50 Grands Prix with them, eight world championships. They have very capable people - we just have to work closely together in the same direction. That's what I believe is happening now."
"We have some good things in the pipeline – we are working very closely with Renault," he underlined.