At Red Bull’s F1 team, the team is expected to rise again to challenge Mercedes and Ferrari. British team chief Christian Horner told Motorsport.com he was exceptionally excited about the start of a new season this weekend.

- It seems that we are leaving for the season best prepared since 2013. We have had our best inter-season period, at least during the hybrid period, Horner praised.

2013 is the last time a Red Bull driver has won the World Drivers Championship. That’s when Sebastian Vettel ended his four-year championship tube once again in the festive rumor. Since then, only Mersu has run for the championship.

According to Horner, the stable's cooperation with engine manufacturer Honda has improved. Honda began making power supplies for Red Bull last year.

- In the second year, our relationship with Honda feels more integrated. They are now part of the team. We’re excited to be able to race, Horner said.

Red Bull’s chances of success are further enhanced by the fact that the first two races of the corona season will be run this and next weekend on the stable’s home track in Spielberg, Austria. First driver Max Verstappen, 22, has won the previous two Austrian gps.

The fact that Verstappen drove the second fastest time in the February tests in Barcelona also speaks in favor of rising to the top. Only Mercedes Valtteri Bottas was smarter.

In addition, Red Bull is the only top garage to have been able to test the 2020 car during the Korona era. Alexander Albon, 24, who is starting his second F1 year, curved 100 miles in Silverstone last week during filming day. Ferrari and Mersun have been content to drive 2018 cars.

- It was good to get the stable back to basics. We got to blow the dust and spider webs away. It was good to see that the team had already succeeded in a depot stop in less than two seconds, Horner commented on Silverstone’s experiments.

Last season, Red Bull was third behind Mercedes and Ferrari in the Manufacturers ’World Cup. The stable has occupied the same place for three years in a row.