While Red Bull's Christian Horner thinks Lewis Hamilton's haul of seven world titles is a remarkable feat, he is hoping his drivers, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez can challenge him more closely for the upcoming 2021 Formula 1 season.
After winning the final race of the 2020 F1 season, Red Bull are hoping that they can carry their momentum into this year. With the team welcoming Mexican driver Perez into their fold, the Milton Keynes-based outfit will be looking to topple their German rivals, Mercedes.
"I really hope our guys can take the fight to him (Lewis Hamilton) this year," Horner told the Sky Sports F1 YouTube channel.
"Lewis is in formidable form, he is at the top of his game and will be extremely hard to beat this year."
Horner also stressed how important it will be for Red Bull to build on their momentum from last season and the need for his team to hit the ground running from the first race of the season.
"Hopefully we can come out of the box competitively," Horner continued.
"Of course that's been our Achilles heel in previous years that we haven't turned up and been competitive from the get go. Hopefully this we can be competitive from the first race in Bahrain."
The Red Bull team principal finally discussed how important Perez's arrival will be for the team stating that the Mexican's race pace, in particular, will be an asset to the Austrian team.
"Sergio has got so much experience over ten years in Formula 1," Horner explained.
"I've known Sergio for a very long time and he's always had this trait of being very gentle on his tyres and very strong in race conditions. It just brings another dynamic for us, strategically, which I hope will create more options for us as well."
Red Bull have firmly established themselves as the second-best team on the grid. The arrival of Perez, as highlighted by Horner, provides the team with a driver who is extremely strong at executing alternate tyre strategies during races, which hopefully should translate into causing a few more headaches for the Mercedes team during the races.