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Horner believes Red Bull are trailing Mercedes due to ‘bad luck’

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has promised his team will come out fighting in the second half of the season after losing the lead in both drivers’ and constructors’ championships after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Austrian team appeared to have a comfortable 44-point lead heading into Silverstone last month, but first lap incidents involving rivals Mercedes in Britain and also Budapest a fortnight later now leaves them trailing by 14 points – with Red Bull taking just two points from the last two races.

Horner believes that some of the team’s poorer results can be attributed to bad luck.

“At no point do we feel that [we’ve been] absolutely in control,” said Horner.

“We’ve won six races in the first half of the year. The races we haven’t scored at: Azerbaijan wasn’t Max’s fault [a tyre problem put him out late on while leading], Silverstone wasn’t Max’s fault, here [Hungary] wasn’t Max’s fault, so our luck will change.

“Over the length of a season it will balance itself out and I look forward to the second half of the year.

“The whole team deserves a well-earned break, the drivers will get some time off and believe you me we’ll come out fighting in the second half of the championship so yes, it’s going to be interesting.”

Sergio Perez has taken zero points from the past two races and is currently fifth in the drivers’ standings

Despite losing the lead to Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton, Horner says Red Bull are ready for what should be a competitive second half of the year.

“We’ve had some hugely bad luck in the last couple of races, it’s been pretty brutal in parts, in damage, in engines,” he added.

“But you know we’ll brush ourselves down and we’ll come out fighting in the second half of the championship.

“Obviously it’s been a tough couple of weekends but things can turn around very quickly as you’ve just seen, and there’s a long way to go in this championship.”

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