Red Bull Formula 1 chief Christian Horner says the team surpassed all expectations during the first half of the 2016 season, ranking second in the constructors’ championship during the summer break.
After a difficult 2015 campaign that saw its efforts blighted by issues with the Renault power unit, Red Bull entered 2016 hopeful of recovering some of the ground lost on teams such as Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams.
Significant progress was made by Renault in the engine department over the winter which, combined with the strength of the RB12 chassis, has allowed Red Bull to return to the top step of the podium via Max Verstappen in Spain.
A double podium finish in Germany last weekend lifted Red Bull above Ferrari to second place in the constructors’ championship, beating any expectations Horner had heading into the season.
“To finish up second and third on the podium at Hockenheim, to have outscored Ferrari and go into the summer break with a 14 point advantage over them in the constructors’ championship is a great end to a really strong first half of the year,” Horner said.
“Time for a well-earned break for all of the team, to recharge their batteries and come back for the final nine races, where there are circuits on the calendar that will hopefully suit us.
“We’ve exceeded all of our expectations in the first half of the season. I don’t think pre-season any of us could have imagined to have been second in the constructors’ championship after 11 rounds.”