Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner believes that his team are in the middle of a four-way fight for both titles this season.
The British team currently leads the constructors’ championship ahead of Lotus and Ferrari, and Sebastian Vettel tops the drivers’ standings by 10 points. Despite this good start to the season, Horner is sure that Red Bull will face a stiff challenge as they look to retain both titles.
“Ferrari is strong, Lotus has a good car, and the Mercedes certainly over a single lap is very strong,” Horner told Autosport.
“But having won two of the four races plus a second place, it has been a strong start to the campaign for us.”
The beginning of the season has been very close indeed, with three drivers winning in the opening four races, and Horner only expects it to get even closer as Formula One returns to Europe in two weeks’ time.
“It’s close, it’s tight and I’m sure it’s going to move around from circuit to circuit as we head back to Europe.”
Horner did however write off the challenge of McLaren, who has endured its worst start to a Formula One season in over a decade.
“The rest are a step behind,” he said.
In recent years, Red Bull has improved over the course of the season, and its start to the 2013 championship could put them in good stead to seal a fourth consecutive drivers and constructors double.