In the 2019 F1 season, three races are done and dusted with Mercedes winning all three. But, already Red Bull seem to be throwing in the towel in terms of their season objectives.
Before the season got underway, the Red Bull team were highly confident due to the promise of the new works Red Bull-Honda pairing. Red Bull motorsport advisor, Dr Helmut Marko even set a bold target of five victories before the season finale in December.
“We all know that Helmut is an optimist,” team boss Christian Horner confessed in China.
“The truth is that we have no target for the number of wins. Our goal is to reduce the gap to the leaders,” he said.
Earlier, Horner and Marko admitted that Red Bull had an “aerodynamic problem”. However, they also mentioned that things were not so bad in China.
“At the moment the maximum we can do is score points,” said Max Verstappen to Ziggo Sport.
Horner agreed: “We all want to achieve maximum competitiveness as quickly as possible.”
Even Pierre Gasly had issues trying to keep up with his more experienced teammate, Verstappen in 2019. As a result of the Frenchman’s poor pace, rumours have begun to spread that Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat will be re-promoted to Red Bull.
However, Christian Horner dismissed the claims and revealed that Gasly is now more in tune with the RB15.
“I think we saw Pierre have an easier weekend, even if he’s not completely comfortable,” he said.
“He is now in the process of adjusting his style to correspond to the characteristics of the car, but there is already progress in that.”
“We saw him do the fastest lap in the race so hopefully that will give him some confidence,” Horner added.
Gasly echoed Horner’s sentiments, saying: “I am feeling better in the car.:
“We still have a lot of work to do, but every weekend we are taking a step forward. I just wish I was making three steps every weekend instead”.