Horner’s team won twice last season. This is the lowest total since 2016, even though Ferrari has dropped out of the front battle. The aerodynamic imbalance inherent in the RB16 had to be addressed, as the performance level of the Mercedes W11 gave the Blackley base. Equipped with the first gap in the rest of the pack, reminiscent of the early days of the turbo hybrid era.
Red Bull closed the gap with Mercedes during 2020 and won the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix with an aggressive tire strategy and Abu Dhabi finale.
As Red Bull chose a continuous upgrade route and Mercedes stopped updating after the spa race in August last year, the two teams card throughout the season, keeping in mind the carryover design requirements from 2020 to 2021. We took a different approach to the development of.
Horner believes Mercedes is clearly a favorite in the 2021 season, but believes that the decision to continue adding performance throughout the second half of 2020 will reward Red Bull.
“For the past seven years, we’ve found that one team is completely dominant,” he told Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview.
“And this year there is mainly car and driver continuity [being the same]On the Mercedes side, you would expect them to be in a very strong position again.
“But I hope we can use the lessons learned from 2020 to take on a more lasting challenge to Mercedes. Mercedes is undoubtedly incredibly strong and very popular this year, especially cars. It was behind. Arguably their best car in the hybrid era.
“It will be a great challenge for us, but it’s something we enjoy.”
Horner also believes that Mercedes will motivate him from his defeat in Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi, Max Verstappen followed Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton’s victory at Silverstone.
“Mercedes is a very rounded team, they have been solid for a long time and acknowledge all their achievements for the record they broke in seven consecutive championships,” Horner said. ..
“But I think we were the most consistent challenger in the last seven years. We have been able to win the race in six of the last seven years.
“And it’s important that we continue to strive to be better in all areas.
“Mercedes is a pretty machine, but by applying itself to the tasks at hand, by working hard, you have demonstrated that you can beat them.
“I think they are very motivated thanks to the last race in Abu Dhabi. I hope Toto used it. James Allison [too], Come up with a more competitive car this year.
“So we never underestimate the power of Mercedes, but we have always been challengers.
“Our aim is, as I say, to incorporate the lessons learned in 2020 into 2021 and hope that the RB16B will be a good evolution.
“Mercedes is clearly my favorite with seven consecutive titles, but I’m excited about this season’s challenge and will not give up looking for a fifth title.”
The key to last year’s “lessons learned” for 2021 success
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