Christian Horner has given an insight into which team he believes are the favourites at the upcoming F1 race venues.
At the variety of circuits seen so far this season, the pace advantage has continuously swung back and forth between Ferrari and Red Bull.
Such is the closeness of this F1 season, the best-performing team can change even across a race weekend.
With Ferrari enjoying the qualifying advantage at the Circuit Paul Ricard, it remained to be seen if they could have converted it into Grand Prix-winning race pace. A crash for Charles Leclerc gave Red Bull’s Max Verstappen the victory.
Looking ahead to the upcoming races, Red Bull Team Principal Horner gave his thoughts on which way the pendulum might swing.
“I think the second half of the season is going to be very competitive, and we’ve got different circuits and different challenges coming up,” Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com.
“There are some interesting venues coming up. We’ve got Hungary next weekend, and I suspect it will probably play more to Ferrari’s strengths than our strengths.
“Then we’ve got some circuits coming up after the break that maybe come back towards us a little bit, so it’s going to be fascinating to see how it moves around over the next few races.”
Horner ecstatic with Red Bull’s 2022 performance
Following their successful 2021 season, where Max Verstappen took the Drivers’ Championship, Red Bull have emerged as one of the championship-challenging teams for the second season in a row.
They currently lead the Constructors’ Championship by 82 points over Ferrari, and could take their first team title since the 2013 season, becoming the first non-Mercedes team to do so in the hybrid era.
When asked about Red Bull’s potential for future success with these latest generation F1 cars, Horner was full of praise for the Milton Keynes-based team, who have created race-winning cars for consecutive seasons despite an upheaval in the technical regulations.
“If you told me going into Christmas last year that, with the biggest regulation change in 40 years and with the effort that we put into last year’s championship, that we’d be sitting here with eight Grand Prix victories, two Sprint race victories and leading both championships by 64 and 82 points respectively, then that would have been beyond my wildest expectations.
“It really is testament to the determination, the dedication and the hard work that has gone on behind-the-scenes within the factory.
“We’ve seen Ferrari also be very competitive this year, and Mercedes are gathering momentum, but considering we were probably the last team to transition fully onto this [year’s] car, it’s been a phenomenal job.”