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Horner plays down Red Bull's title chances

  • Published on 20 Mar 2019 15:51
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has played down talk of a title challenge this season.

The Briton says it's too early to know the energy drink team's real potential after an impressive display in Australia saw it step onto the podium, while Ferrari failed to reach the top three.

In what is its first season with Honda as its engine supplier, Horner says only time will tell where Red Bull stand compared to its rivals.

"I think it's too early to talk about championships," he said. "But certainly to be on the podium is a great moment for Honda.

"We're very proud of that achievement, grateful for the product they've given us. Hopefully it's a starting point for a strong season.

"We want to close the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari [and] we've done that. It's only one race but we have a good start and we have to build on this positive energy."

Honda secured its first podium finish since returning as an engine manufacturer in 2015, as Max Verstappen managed to overtake Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on the way to third place.

However his teammate Pierre Gasly struggled after dropping out in Q1, going on to cross the line in eleventh place.

"It's still early days," Horner said of the Frenchman. "There's always pressure in Formula 1 but I thought he drove a good race. He just needs a straightforward weekend.

"He built his way into the weekend very well, his feedback's very strong. We know he's got the pace, we've just got to give the kid a bit of time and it'll come right for him."

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  • Dert38

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    Wow! Brainy thoughts from the energy drink team

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    • Mar 20 2019 - 18:57
  • A strong start for sure, but STR and RB looked pretty convincing on a track they historically don't do well on, but Bahrain should be more representative. Aus could be a freak in a positive way (this was the worst they had to show, it'll only get better from now on) or it is a freak in a bad way (this was the good exception, now prepare to get smoked).

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    • Mar 20 2019 - 19:29
  • boudy

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    As an team manager you should not put pressure on your team when it's not needed, actually the opposite will be his goal i.e. putting pressure on Mercedes and removing pressure Ferrari. The whole Ferrari will come good thing is actually more about not waking them up to the fact that they need to improve more.

    It's been some time that and RBR was top of the speed charts and with 319.9 kph the will be pretty happy.

    The same with the Honda engine, stating that it's great doesn't help, that's why they are saying its good but needs improvement.

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    • Mar 21 2019 - 11:56

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