Christian Horner has said Red Bull are aiming to outscore Ferrari in the second half of the season, but conceded the current gap to them and Mercedes is too difficult to overhaul.
Red Bull are 173 points behind Mercedes and trail Ferrari by 134 points in the Constructors' Championship, but Horner believes the team are in a position to start challenging the front-runners after seeing the pace deficit gradually reduce.
"From a championship point of view, I think the gap between us and the Mercedes and the Ferraris is too big to haul back," Horner told Autosport.
"But I would like to at least outscore Ferrari, certainly in the second half of the year.
"And if we can get into a situation to challenge for podiums and the higher places on the podium a couple of races between now and the end of the year, that is a realistic and aggressive target for us."
Horner reckons Red Bull have made "constant progress" since resolving the issue which saw their data collected from the wind tunnel not be replicated on race weekends.
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"To solve any problem, you got to break that problem down and analyse it," he added.
"The guys here in the technical team did a very good job of getting a hold of that quickly.
"But of course then you've got a lead time of a month/six weeks to try and rectify that, by which point you are already through the first couple of races.
"It wasn't really until Barcelona that we were able to introduce the first sort of package addressing those issues, and that we really started to make progress.
"I think we are going in a good direction. We've put constant progress on the car since the Barcelona race and we'll keep pushing all the way through the season."
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