Another milestone entry for Red Bull in the series’ record book as they seized their sixth constructors’ title in Japan. They secured this awe-inspiring victory with six races still to spare, continuing the trend of rewriting the records that has run throughout the year.
Team principal Horner was honest in his assessment of the team’s performance in Singapore. He admitted that the loss of their unbroken winning streak was inevitable. The prospect of an unbeaten season, although enticing, is no longer a reality for his team.
However, despite this, Horner was adamant about the need for continuous innovations for the team. “Pushing the boundaries”, as he expressed it, is necessary if they are to sustain their current success. His aim is to ride the “wave of success” as far as possible, noting that it would be challenging to duplicate.
“I think a repeated season like this is, you know, it’s a golden moment for the team,” Horner stated. To better their current form, he believes is impossible. His goal is undoubtedly to maintain their current trajectory for as long as viable. “But Formula 1 is a fast-moving business. You see how quickly teams move up, move down and Singapore if nothing else demonstrates that there can be zero complacency, that we have to keep pushing the boundaries.”
“Last year was a very strong year for us,” he mentioned. “But to have kept that momentum, rolling with the challenges that we’ve had is testimony to all the men and women in the team that have worked tirelessly to produce a car as competitive as we’ve had, that the drivers and particularly Max has been able to make such good use of.”
Horner revealed that the inconsistent performances of rival teams have been advantageous for Red Bull. The status of being the second-fastest team appears to shift frequently. However, Red Bull has been consistent, despite F1‘s aerodynamic testing limitations and the penalty for exceeding the 2021 budget cap, which compelled them to streamline their development.
“We’ve been 90% consistent at the front of the field and we’ve been fairly limited in the amount of development that we’ve done on the car,” he explained. Remarkably, the team still uses the same gearbox and largely the same chassis as the previous year, a testament to the team’s efficient use of resources.