Red Bull continues to demonstrate its potential despite the disappointment of Hungary, where Max Verstappen was caught and passed by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton four laps from home.
The Brit demolishing a 19-second gap after his second stop.
Red Bull has momentum, though - pit stops one of its strengths, having re-imagined the process before its first world championship double from 2010… for amazing gains.
SOUNDBITE (English) JONATHAN WHEATLEY,
TEAM MANAGER, RED BULL RACING:
“We went through every single aspect of it, literally every single aspect and we had a real motivation - a young keen team, young group of people and I think we made a massive step, a huge step between the historical pit stops of the refuelling era - and then creating the new standards - and I feel very proud about that.”
Red Bull continues to deliver long after its V8-era title run, having set Hockenheim alight for its second world record pit stop in two races, 1.88 seconds the sport’s quickest-ever stop, and three hundredths of a second faster than its previous mark at Silverstone.
Hungary, a tight and twisty track like Monaco that is all about mechanical grip, showed the squad also makes a great chassis…with Verstappen on the podium, Ferrari the target from Austria onwards.
SOUNDBITE (English) CHRISTIAN HORNER,
TEAM PRINCIPAL, RED BULL RACING:
"I think it's going to be tough. Ferrari are a great team, you know, they're performing at a high level - but you have to have a target. They're under 60 points ahead of us. That's not so far with more than 40 points available at each Grand Prix."
The weakest link in the chain, Verstappen’s teammate Pierre Gasly, who is lagging behind on points… 63 to 181. The Dutchman also outqualifying him 11-1, and 10-1 in races when they could be compared.
And it’s that point deficit between the two that could have seen Red Bull overtake Ferrari in the constructors’ standings, just 44 points the gap into F1’s summer break.
There’s a lot to play for as the season rolls on, and Red Bull continues to close the gap to its competitors for the run to 2020.