Speaking on Red Bull’s ‘Talking Bull’ podcast, Horner said there’s still a long way to go in the season, and the team has “some good stuff in the pipeline” to develop the car.
“The races are coming thick and fast, but I think that if we can get through the next two that are very much Mercedes territory in Monza and Spa, then there’s a few tracks coming up, a few new circuits as well that it could come back to us,” Horner added.
He praised Verstappen’s exceptional performances this year, saying he’s been driving “out of his skin”.
Horner noted that without the DNF in the first race of the season, Verstappen would only have a 19-point deficit to Lewis Hamilton.
“But it’s been a great run. Max is driving out of his skin at the moment, he’s put in some great Sundays so far.
“I think the motivation here is we’ve got the ingredients of something that if we can just unlock some more potential… We’re an outsider for this championship, but we’re still in it,” he concluded.
Verstappen is currently second in the Drivers’ Standings on 95 points, trailing Championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 37 points.
Meanwhile, in the Constructors’ Standings, Red Bull are second after accruing 135 points from the opening six races of 2020. Mercedes are comfortably leading the way with 221 points.
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