‘Ferrari may win winter championship but…’

Date published: February 25 2019

'Ferrari may win the winter championship but...'

Billed by many as the front runners in this pre-season, Ferrari may win the winter championship but Christian Horner says no points are awarded until the summer.

Although Ferrari did not top the overall timesheet in the opening week of pre-season testing, the Scuderia’s SF90 is looking the car to beat.

Many rivals, including Mercedes, have spoken about how strong Ferrari appear to be.

And while that may be the case, Red Bull team boss Horner is quick to point out that testing counts for absolutely nothing.

“Ferrari is always strong in winter,” he told Marca. “If there was a World Championship in winter, they would win it every year.

“But the points are given in the summer.

“Of course they have arrived here with a strong car, but these are not even close to the temperatures we will race in.

“But,” he added, “you can see they are in good shape.”

As for Red Bull, they covered 475 laps in the opening four days with a best time of 1:18.780 that was set by Pierre Gasly.

Horner says the “assessment is positive”.

“The engine is responding extremely well in terms of reliability, above our goals.

“There is a change of rules this year, so the winter test times are somewhat confusing right now.

“We can not know what each one has done.

“I do not think they [the times] give us an idea of what the first race will be, although I may be wrong.

“We are following our own program and our own objectives.

“We are only going to really measure our competition from the first race in Melbourne.”

The one thing Horner is certain of, though, is that Red Bull have “more power” thanks to their new Honda engine.

“What is certain is that we now have more power than we had last year, but we do not know what Ferrari, McLaren and Renault have achieved during the winter.

“We will only have a real vision of the situation after the first three or four races.

“We’re touching wood, because for the moment the signs are good but we will see if the promises are fulfilled.”

Although Ferrari did not top the overall timesheet in the opening week of pre-season testing, the Scuderia’s SF90 is looking the car to beat.

Many rivals, including Mercedes, have spoken about how strong Ferrari appear to be.

And while that may be the case, Red Bull team boss Horner is quick to point out that testing counts for absolutely nothing.

“Ferrari is always strong in winter,” he told Marca. “If there was a World Championship in winter, they would win it every year.

“But the points are given in the summer.

“Of course they have arrived here with a strong car, but these are not even close to the temperatures we will race in.”

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