Horner: Red Bull to remain Renault benchmark
2 November 2017 – Red Bull expects to remain the benchmark for Renault in 2018, despite McLaren taking on the manufacturer's engines, according to team boss Christian Horner.
Red Bull has won three races so far this season, including Max Verstappen's victory at the recent Mexican Grand Prix, with McLaren last triumphing back in 2012.
Renault, meanwhile, returned to works status last season, after a stint as an engine supplier, and occupies seventh in this year's championship standings.
"McLaren's a great team with strong drivers and we look forward to competing with them on track," Horner told Reuters, looking to the 2018 season.
"We've made great progress in the second half of this year and obviously our target and objective is to carry that momentum through into 2018.
"They [Renault] have a benchmark in Red Bull."
Red Bull has outscored Ferrari over the second half of the season, amid engine, chassis and fuel upgrades, and is hopeful of a stronger start next year.
"We've got pretty much regulation stability so the lessons we take out of [the] RB13 will go into [the] 14," he commented, following 2017's aero changes.
"Obviously we're hopeful that on the engine side performance and reliability improve over the winter – they are fundamental aspects for us.
"I think we've demonstrated that we've got a really competitive chassis.
"If we can take [the] learnings into next year's car then hopefully we can start on a stronger footing than the second or so that we were off at the start of the year."