Christian Horner says Red Bull's win in Canada proves that the championship still has a long way to run.

Daniel Ricciardo overtook an ailing Nico Rosberg in the closing stages of the Canadian Grand Prix to take his first F1 victory, while Sebastian Vettel managed to get ahead of Sergio Perez at the end of the penultimate lap to finish third. While Mercedes has a 119 point lead in the constructors' championship, Horner said the return for Red Bull in Montreal shows that the championship is far from over.

"We've taken 40 points out of [the Canadian Grand Prix], so we've taken 22 points out of them," Horner said. "It's the first time we've outscored them all year, it's the first time we've beaten a Mercedes this year and we've managed to get a victory.

Related Articles

"We're realists, we know we've got a massive challenge ahead of us, but there's still a long way to go in this championship. We're not even at the halfway point, we just take things one race at a time. We try to get the best out of each race and then the points tend to take care of themselves."

And Horner said the team deserves praise not only for its recovery so far this season but also for the way it has backed young drivers and given them the opportunity to progress.

"It's fantastic. It's testimony to the junior programme that we're discovering young talent on merit - like Sebastian Vettel, like Daniel Ricciardo - and all credit to Red Bull and the job Helmut [Marko] has done in identifying these young drivers and giving them the chance.

"Daniel was a young guy who came over from Australia with very little prospect of furthering his career had it not been for Red Bull and Dietrich Mateschitz's support and backing through the junior formulae, through the junior team, in to Toro Rosso and then on to Red Bull Racing.

"There were questions asked when we chose him as our driver alongside Sebastian and I think he's demonstrated beyond all doubt that he fully deserves that position."