Red Bull boss Christian Horner has said he “can’t believe” Mercedes won’t be bringing any new components to its 2021 Formula 1 car.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff reiterated after his fourth straight loss that he is not developing his W12 as he continues to focus his resources on his draft new regulations for 2022.
Red Bull continues to develop its RB16B as it seeks to end Mercedes’ seven-year grip on Formula 1 titles.
“What Mercedes does is really their business, so we’re just focused on ourselves and we know Toto likes to shed light elsewhere,” Horner said.
“So I can’t believe they will go the rest of the year without putting a single component on the car.
“But like I said, all we can do is focus on our own work. Of course, it’s a balancing act between this year and next year, but if that means we all have to work a little harder than the other teams, hard.
Max Verstappen, who leads Lewis Hamilton by 18 points after a third win in four races, expressed his full confidence that his Red Bull squad won’t risk long-term prospects.
“I don’t know what’s going on with the other teams but I know that of course we on our side improve our car almost in every race which I think is very important,” he said.
“We have a good opportunity to have a good season and I am confident with the people we have on the team that the goal for next year is also 100%.
“So I think so far I don’t see that compromise – but of course time will tell next year if it’s like that! Yes, I totally agree with the approach we have for this season.