Red Bull Racing is aiming for the world title in 2020 with Max Verstappen. According to team boss Christian Horner, the Austrian racing team is on the right track for the new Formula 1 season.
"Our goal for the coming season is the world title and that is also the goal of Honda and Max. We are all in the same boat," says the 46-year-old Horner in conversation with the German Auto, Motor und Sport .
Red Bull and motorcycle supplier Honda are working together for the first time this year and, according to Horner, that went well, but 2019 must be seen as a transition year. "We have collected more points than in the past two years, although our second car did a little less compared to the past."
"We have won races, achieved pole positions and set the fastest racing laps," continues Horner. "After having worked with the same engine partner for 12 years (Renault, ed.), You need time to get used to a new manufacturer. But the performance gets better, the reliability is excellent and the communication goes well. I feel something position is coming, allowing us to be at the forefront in 2020. "
In the person of Verstappen, Red Bull won the Grands Prix of Austria, Germany and Brazil this year. Verstappen also took pole position in Hungary and Brazil.
Red Bull Racing won this year with Max Verstappen in Brazil, among others. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Verstappen and Hamilton most difficult teammates"
Red Bull Racing made the decision in the summer break to opt for a new teammate from Verstappen. Alexander Albon was taken over from the sister team Toro Rosso and Pierre Gasly took the opposite route due to disappointing results. However, it is not excluded that the Frenchman will ride for Red Bull again in the future.
"If that wasn't the case, we would have said goodbye to Gasly right away," explains Horner. "But he has a contract for 2020 (with Toro Rosso, ed.) And gets the chance to prove himself again for Red Bull."
"Whether it is hard to be the teammate of Verstappen? Max and Lewis Hamilton are probably the two most difficult teammates to have on the field. It is difficult for every driver to drive against these two," said Horner.
The Formula 1 season will end this weekend with the last Grand Prix of the year. The race on the Abu Dhabi circuit starts on Sunday at 2.10 pm (Dutch time).
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