Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has been surprised by his team’s dominance this season. Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez shared the five wins so far. “We’ve had the best start to the season, but I wonder where the competition has gone,” Horner said after Verstappen’s victory at the Miami Grand Prix.
“I think we took a normal step forward in the development of our car last winter, but it feels like Mercedes and Ferrari have taken a step back,” the team boss said.
Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso is the only other driver this year to stand on the podium regularly alongside Verstappen and Pérez, but the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers have failed miserably every weekend and are yet to come close to winning.
George Russell (Mercedes) was the best of the two former superpowers in Formula 1 in Miami with fourth place. Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) finished sixth. Ferrari’s top performer was Carlos Sainz in fifth, with Charles Leclerc driving unseen to number seven.
The big time differences were also surprising. Alonso was already half a minute behind Verstappen in third place, Leclerc conceded 53 seconds. and an update later due to the punishment given to us.” Horner said.
The Englishman referred to the sanctions that the FIA imposed on the team last year for exceeding the budget limit. In addition to the fine, Red Bull was penalized with a 10 percent reduced development time in the wind tunnel.