Christian Horner is not ruling out a title challenge for Daniel Ricciardo but says Red Bull must not get ahead of itself.
With Ricciardo's win in Spa giving him back-to-back victories – and his third of the season – at a track where Red Bull expected to struggle, Ricciardo is now 35 points behind Lewis Hamilton and 64 off Nico Rosberg with 50 available in Abu Dhabi at the final race of the season. Horner says he is pleased Red Bull is making life difficult for Mercedes at this stage but wants the team to focus on each race in isolation rather than worrying about the title picture.
“It's good to be keeping them honest,” Horner said. “[Spa] was a track that we didn't expect to be competitive at yet we managed to win here. It's our third grand prix victory of the year, we've won at Montreal and Spa which are the two most unlikely tracks that we would have picked pre-season. All we can do is focus on ourselves and go race-by-race. It's remarkable that Daniel has won only one less race than Nico so far this season…
“We just take things one race at a time. We've had a good couple of grands prix – to win at Spa is against all our expectation – but hopefully we have got some tracks that should be quite good for us coming up.”
And Horner believes Red Bull can be competitive again in Monza having seen just how quick Ricciardo was at Spa.
“We're going to take the rear wing off because I don't think we can actually run much less downforce! So yeah, if you're competitive [in Spa] then hopefully we can be at least half competitive in Monza. But again it really lends itself to a Mercedes type of circuit.”