Red Bull has secured four championships in the V8 era from 2010 to 2013, but faced defeat when the hybrid V6 power unit was introduced in 2014. However, they finally succeeded and won their first title under the current regulation with Max Verstappen in 2021, followed by a second drivers’ title and the constructors’ championship last season. In the 2023 season, Red Bull has been dominating, winning all races held so far. Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, even admitted in Spain that the current advantage enjoyed by Verstappen “pisses him off.”
According to Horner, Red Bull did not obtain their current streak of wins by chance. The team worked tirelessly for seven years to get back into a winning position. Losing was not easy, but they persevered. They have a phenomenal car, with two great drivers, and Verstappen continues to evolve as a driver. The whole team, not just Verstappen, is operating at such a high level, and their performance has been truly impressive.
Regarding Wolff’s comments, Horner was unbothered. He believes that what matters is the score sheet at the end of the day, and it is looking pretty healthy for Red Bull. However, Horner made it clear that the current run of wins holds great significance for the team. They were there, then down, and they fought back to being there again. Every member of the team played a crucial role in this performance, and they achieved this in one of the most competitive sports in the world. The level they are operating at is worthy of celebration.
Horner does not want to make assumptions, even with Red Bull‘s dominant performance in the current season. He downplayed any suggestions that Verstappen and Red Bull have already won the 2023 F1 world championships. Anything can happen, and both championships are looking healthy at the moment. The team’s focus is now on Montreal, and their goal is to secure their 100th victory. After that, it will be the home race in Austria, followed by the other home race in Silverstone. They take it one event at a time and prevent themselves from thinking too far down the line.