Back in Australia 2019, the Aston Martin Red Bull team scored a podium with Max Verstappen. However, the Austrian team refuse to give in to complacence surprisingly enough. They have maintained that this weekend’s Bahrain GP will give an accurate representation of how the 2019 grid will shape up.
When the 2018 season ended, the Red Bull team switched to Honda after a fractured relationship with Renault. Verstappen’s podium was Honda’s last one in nearly 11 years. Honda’s last win was nearly a lifetime ago, in 1992 at the Australian GP.
However, inspite of Honda seemingly proving themselves in Melbourne, team boss Christian Horner is taking the cautious approach. Speaking to Motorsport-Total, he said,
“It’s still too early to talk about the championship. The podium was a great moment for Honda [but] the race at Albert Park is also not the benchmark for the pecking order in Formula 1, because the track has a special characteristic.”
However, it did not stop him from praising Honda to the high heavens and back again. He was understandably delighted that Red Bull and Honda were able to click so easily.
He said, “We are proud of the performance and are happy with the Honda product. I hope this is the start of a strong season.”
“The goal of Red Bull is still to close the gap on Mercedes and Ferrari. But we have had a good start and need to build on this positive energy now.”
Even driver Max Verstappen was pleased with the pace that he enjoyed in Albert Park, Australia. However, he gives it just one more race before he believes that the 2019 Championship has a clearer path.
Also speaking to Motorsport-Total, he said, “Starting the season with a podium in Australia is really positive but Melbourne is not a typical circuit, so we can’t get carried away.”
“I don’t think we will really know where we stand until after China.”