Max Verstappen, the reigning world champion for Red Bull, won the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday for his third victory of the year, while teammate Sergio Perez came in second.
Red Bull has won each of the five races and finished first in four of them so far this season, which has some people concerned that the sport is becoming too predictable.
Although Red Bull is off to its best F1 season ever start, Horner is careful not to give his team too much credit.
“We feel like we’ve made a good step from the (previous car), but the kind of step you would expect, it’s more that it feels like others have lost ground,” Horner said to reporters.
The Englishman claimed that the rivals’ lack of rivalry had surprised him.
“I think it surprised us that the others have perhaps under-delivered compared to where they were last year, but there’s no doubt they will be looking to address that, and I’m sure starting in Imola we’re going to see big updates starting to come through,” he said.
Although Horner claimed that the updates for the following race could result in “big gains” for teams like Ferrari and Mercedes, he was obviously eager to exert some pressure on them and retaliated in his post-race interview with report.
“We’re asking ourselves, ‘Where are the others?'” Over the winter, we moved in a typical manner. He questioned, “Where did Mercedes and Ferrari go?
The FIA sanctions against Red Bull for violating the cost cap, which restricted their ability to test, according to Horner, meant that their updates would probably be available later in the season.
Verstappen and Perez have been in a class of their own thus far this season, and Red Bull currently leads the constructors’ standings by 122 points, but Horner claimed there was still much to be fought for.
“We’ve got a great car, we’ve got a great team, and we’ve got two great drivers, but still a long way to go,” he said. Let’s wait to pass judgement until we have seen how it performs in Imola, (Monaco), and Barcelona.
Struggling With George Russell coming in fourth and Lewis Hamilton coming in sixth, Mercedes outperformed expectations at Miami. However, the team was quick to quell speculation about upgrades, which were anticipated to arrive in time for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on May 21.
We came in roughly 30 seconds behind the leaders today, despite the high expectations for Imola, said Russell.
“I’m certain it will move things in the right direction, but it won’t completely change anything. Hopefully it does.
The car is currently a little unpredictable, so we can only hope that it outperforms our expectations in the upcoming race.