Christian Horner reckons the 2022 title fight will remain close throughout the entire season, despite Red Bull claiming a third successive victory last weekend.
Following the disappointment of Max Verstappen's retirement from second place in Australia, the reigning World Champion has bounced back to take the wins at the Emilia Romagna, Miami, and Spanish Grands Prix.
Those victories, together with a race retirement for championship leader Charles Leclerc, have meant that Verstappen has assumed the championship lead, while Red Bull have also pulled out an impressive lead in the Constructors' fight.
Horner rules out a dominant Verstappen championship
But, despite the team's recent form, Horner ruled out the chance that
Verstappen could simply canter to the title as Ferrari's strong start has stuttered out.
"No, not at all," he told media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked about the chances of whether Verstappen could dominate from this point on.
"Because the competitors are very strong. I think we've had our moments but, every race that we've won bar this one [Spain], has been on the absolute limit.
"I think that Max is driving extremely well, Checo [Perez] is doing a great job, but I expect it to be a tight competition throughout the season."
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Horner reluctant to write off Mercedes
While Red Bull have assumed command in the title fights, Horner pointed to his own team's resurgence in recent races as evidence as to why it's too early to write off any of the teams.
"I think it shows how quickly things can swing," he said.
"I mean, after Australia, we came home 40 points behind and we lead by six going into Monaco a couple of races later.
"So it just shows in F1 just how quickly things can swing and change.
"That's why I wouldn't write off Mercedes with the amount of points that's still available. And we know Ferrari has got a very quick car. So things can turn around very quickly."
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