Red Bull boss Christian Horner says that he's encouraged by what he has seen from Honda this season. The Japanese manufacturer will become Red Bull's engine supplier for 2019, after striking up a 2018 deal with the energy drink team's junior squad Toro Rosso.
Honda struggled during its first three years in the hybrid era with McLaren, but has scored points on a more consistent basis this year with Toro Rosso. And ahead of the upcoming partnership between Red Bull and Honda, Horner has hailed Honda's "strong desire".
“We are encouraged by what we are seeing, but it is still early days,” Horner said. “But there is a very strong desire within Honda, and it is great to be working in a partnership so we are looking forward to the next chapter for Red Bull Racing. Before that, we have six races to close out with our existing partner.”
Red Bull admit that its chances of winning again this season look bleak, with its most likely next victory coming in Mexico. The team has racked up three victories so far in 2018, in China, Monaco and Austria.
Red Bull won the Mexican Grand Prix twelve months ago at the hands of Max Verstappen, and Horner thinks that the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit is its best chance again in the remaining six races: “I think realistically, this year, Mexico is probably the only shot we’ve got left under normal circumstances.”
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