Since 2016, the lowest Christian Horner’s team has won is twice in the last season. Due to an inherent aerodynamic imbalance on the RB16, Ferrari dropped out of the game. Meanwhile, Mercedes W11 gave the Black Arrows an initial gap that recalls back to the early years of the turbo-hybrid era.
Throughout 2020, Red Bull shortened the gap to Mercedes by winning the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in the Abu Dhabi finale from the pole. Throughout the race, Verstappen was the quickest among Valtteri Bottas and Sir Lewis Hamilton. But according to the Red Bull team principal, the result may have caused a reaction at Mercedes.
Mercedes being the favorites
Though Mercedes strolled to a 7th consecutive Constructors’ World Championship, being a clear favorite, Horner is now willing to take up the challenge against Mercedes to conquer the title this year.
“The Mercedes is quite a machine, but we’ve demonstrated that you can beat them – by working hard, by applying yourself to the task in hand,” said Horner to Autosport
“I think they will be tremendously motivated because of that last race in Abu Dhabi and I expect Toto has used that, and James Allison, to come up with an even more competitive car for this year. So we don’t in any way underestimate the might of Mercedes.
“Our objective is to take the lessons we learned in 2020 into 2021. And hopefully, the RB16B will be a good evolution.
“Mercedes are the clear favorites with seven consecutive titles, but we are excited about the challenge this season and won’t give up in our hunt for a fifth title,” said Horner as he continued
“We’ve seen one team be totally dominant for the last seven years,” he added.
“But I hope by using the lessons we’ve learned from 2020, we can put a more sustained challenge to Mercedes, who will undoubtedly be incredibly strong and very much the favorites this year – particularly off the back of a car which was arguably their best car of the hybrid era.
“That will be quite a challenge for us, but one we are relishing.” saying this Christian ended his interview.