SUZUKA, Japan — Christian Horner, team principal for Red Bull, has shared his skepticism over the team’s ability to replicate this season’s spectacular achievements. Having clinched the coveted constructors’ championship at the Japanese Grand Prix with six rounds yet to be contested, Horner opines that matching this feat might be a tall order.
Resounding victories have defined Red Bull‘s season; they have emerged victorious from 15 out of the 16 races conducted so far. The only blotch on an otherwise perfect record was defeat at the Singapore Grand Prix a week prior.
When prodded about how the team intends to carry forward from such an impressive year, Horner conceded that margin for improvement is almost non-existent. “To repeat a season like this, it’s a golden moment for the team, to do better than we are doing is impossible,” he stated. “We are riding a wave and we want to ride that wave as long as we can.”
He also reminded us about the volatility of Formula 1 racing, as team fortunes can change rapidly. Referring to the Singapore setback, he emphasized on the importance of constant innovation. “But F1 is a fast moving business,” he asserted, “you see how quickly teams move up and move down, and Singapore demonstrated that there can be zero complacency. We have to keep pushing the boundaries.”
The dominance of Red Bull is most apparent when considering that Max Verstappen alone, discounting the contributions of teammate Sergio Perez, would have an unmatched 95 point lead in the constructors’ championship.
However, Horner was swift to praise the entire team for the sterling season. He acknowledged the relentless effort by all departments at the team’s Milton Keynes factory, highlighting the monumental role they had in shaping this year’s success.
“It’s unbelievable,” he declared, visibly impressed. “Last year was a very strong year for us but to have kept that momentum rolling with the challenges we have had is testimony to all the men and women of the team that have worked tirelessly to produce a competitive car.”
Horner further emphasized the collective nature of Formula One, describing it as one of the biggest team sports in the world. He praised the tireless work of the backroom staff which contributed in creating high performing cars that reaped exceptional results. He concluded, “Everyone is invested in one thing and that’s the car. To produce the kind of car we have and achieve these kind of results is an incredible performance.”