Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner says his team takes little comfort from Ferrari’s relentless unreliability which continues to plague the Scuderia’s championship challenge.
Ferrari have enjoyed a supremely fast car for the majority of the campaign but mechanical problems and driving mistakes have cost the Maranello-based squad a multitude of points.
Charles Leclerc suffered engine failures in both Spain and Azerbaijan, the Monagasque’s main title rival Max Verstappen capitalised and took victory on both occasions.
Both Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have made errors on-track, the 24-year-old spun at Imola’s Variante Alta while Sainz retired on the opening lap in Australia after a clumsy start.
Horner explained after the Austrian GP that despite Ferrari’s persistent reliability issues, Red Bull aren’t taking much solace from their Italian rivals main weakness: “Not really. We are not too focused on them.
“We can't control or contribute to that in any way. I think that we've got to focus on ourselves and just getting the best out of our own package.”
Despite Leclerc’s recent victory at the Austrian Grand Prix the Italian team missed out on a very likely 1-2 finish as his team mate retired with an agonising engine blowup.
The Monegasque also endured a nerve wracking end to his win at Red Bull Ring suffering a throttle issue. His F1-75 kept on the power through turns as Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto nervously turned away from the tv screens.
The Red Bull boss said: “They had a very strong car [in Austria], and they could have could have well finished first and second.”
Verstappen currently holds a sizeable 38 point championship lead over Leclerc but Horner still expects the title battle to hold many ups and down in the second half of the season.
“Absolutely,” he said. “We are just at the halfway point of the championship and things swing around quite a lot.
“There is still an awfully long way to go. I would say Austria was sort of damage limitation, as we managed to get the pole, get the sprint victory and see the second place [in the race]. I think Max has only lost five points to the Charles in the drivers’ championship and obviously damage has been relatively contained in the constructors’.”