Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has vowed that Red Bull will return stronger after the summer break.
Red Bull surrendered their lead in both the WDC and the Constructor’s Championship in two races. Max Verstappen held a 32-point lead over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, but after the British and the Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton leads him in the WDC standings.
Horner has promised that Red Bull will come out all guns blazing when racing returns at the end of the month. He expressed his confidence about their bad luck on track coming to an end.
“We’ve won six races in the first half of the year,” Horner said.
“The races that we haven’t scored at, if you look at Azerbaijan, it wasn’t Max’s fault. Silverstone wasn’t Max’s fault; here wasn’t Max’s fault.
“So, our luck will change. Over the length of a season it will balance itself out and I’m looking forward to the second half of the year. I think the whole team has deserved a well-earned break, and the drivers will get a good bit of time off and believe me, we’re going to come out fighting in the second half of this championship. So it’s going to be interesting,” he concluded.
Red Bull’s disastrous two races also yielded significant damage to both drivers’ cars. This, in addition to denting their wage bills, might also earn them penalties at the Belgian Grand Prix. Horner regretted what happened, and expressed his frustration with the situation.
“It is certainly not going to help,” Horner said.
“We’ve got a shedload of accident damage, and potentially two engines that we’ve lost due to the result of actions of other drivers. So yeah, very frustrating. But you know what, we’re within the difference of a first and second place in points difference.
“We go into the summer break, we’ve had some hugely bad luck in the last couple of races. It’s been pretty brutal in damage and parts and engines, but we’ll brush ourselves down and we will come out fighting for the second half of this championship,” Horner concluded.
There is still all to play for in this season. A swords-out Red Bull-Mercedes battle is what everyone wants, and that may be exactly what they get.