Horner bullish about 2020 goal

Red Bull's Max Verstappen being cheered by a sea of orange, his fellow Dutchmen, to victory in last Sunday's Austrian GP in Spielberg. Still only 21, it was his sixth victory from 90 race starts. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Red Bull's Max Verstappen being cheered by a sea of orange, his fellow Dutchmen, to victory in last Sunday's Austrian GP in Spielberg. Still only 21, it was his sixth victory from 90 race starts. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Red Bull's Max Verstappen being cheered by a sea of orange, his fellow Dutchmen, to victory in last Sunday's Austrian GP in Spielberg. Still only 21, it was his sixth victory from 90 race starts. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said this was a transitory year for the team but they are ahead of their targets in the first half of the season.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

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Sunday's win at the Austrian Grand Prix was not only Red Bull Racing's first chequered flag in eight months but was also vindication that they are on track for their 2020 goal - challenging for a first Formula One world title since 2013.

Mercedes, which supplanted Red Bull as the dominant force in F1 with five straight constructors' titles, were in stunning form this term after capturing the first eight races. But their 10-race unbeaten streak dating back to last season was halted by Max Verstappen at his team's Spielberg home track.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2019, with the headline 'Horner bullish about 2020 goal'. Print Edition | Subscribe