Christian Horner believes that his team, Red Bull Racing, can still reduce the advantage held by surging opposition Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.
These comments come ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, at which a radically upgraded RB13 chassis will be put through its paces; updates that the team are hopeful will prove race-changing.
The anticipated Renault engine upgrade has, however, been delayed indefinitely, but Horner still expects a leap forward in track performance.
“The new regulations are still very immature and we will definitely get stronger,” Horner told Red Bull’s Speed Week.
“Obviously Ferrari and Mercedes have been better than us so far, but we’ve tried to keep the damage within limits. We still have our chances to catch up.”
The difficult and uncompetitive start to the season has left Daniel Ricciardo frustrated, with rumours circulating that the Australian driver is open to possible move to garages new. But Horner insists that his drivers are as committed now as they have ever been.
“I cannot see a difference between the Ricciardo now and the Daniel I know from past years,” he continued.
“Of course he wants to be competitive but he isn’t moaning. The 2015 season was much more frustrating for him.
“I am convinced that we have the most exciting driver pairing in the sport.”
And despite their shortcomings, Horner can still appreciate the return of form found by Ferrari that has enabled them to pressurise the Mercs.
“It’s great for the sport,” he added. “Formula one has a new winner in Valtteri Bottas, we’ve had four races where beforehand no one could have predicted with certainty who would win.
“Three winners in four Grands Prix — may it continue.”