Horner promises more to come as Red Bull focus shifts from Verstappen

Christian Horner paid tribute to Max Verstappen after the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix but added Sergio Perez and the constructors' title would now get more focus


Red Bull will prioritise Sergio Perez and the 2022 Constructors’ Championship for the remainder of the Formula 1 season, team principal Christian Horner has stated.

The Red Bull boss also hailed his new double world champion, after a confused Max Verstappen claimed the 2022 Drivers’ Championship in confusing fashion at the time-limited 2022 Japanese Grand Prix.

“Focus quickly turns to the constructors side of the table, and Checo securing that second place in the championship,” Horner told the media.

“Max is in the form of his life, he’s driving incredibly well and the team’s working at an exceptionally high level.

“The strength and depth that we have throughout the organisation is immense and we’re just very proud of him, the team and obviously we’ll enjoy this moment.”

Sergio Perez celebrating after winning the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix
Sergio Perez of Red Bull celebrates after 2022 Singapore Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

High point for Horner

Aside from Verstappen, Horner said he thought the whole team was operating at its highest level yet.

Led by Adrian Newey, it’s the third different era of technical regulations that the team has won in after Sebastian Vettel‘s four titles from 2010 to 2013 and last season’s triumph for Verstappen.

Newey was also at McLaren when Mika Hakkinen won two world championships in 1998 and 1999, and the team also claimed a constructors’ title.

Red Bull look set to repeat that feat as they boast a 165-point lead in the Constructors’ Championship and will win their first title since 2013, if they keep a 147-gap to Ferrari leaving the 2022 US Grand Prix.

But Horner was keen to stress there was more to the team than just Newey, namedropping Technical Director Pierre Wache, Head Aerodynamicist Enrico Balbo, Chief Designer Craig Skinner and Head of Performance Engineering Ben Waterhouse.

“I think Adrian and the whole technical team – Pierre, Enrico, Craig, Ben Waterhouse, I think this is the strongest technical team we’ve ever had,” Horner said.

“And I think that’s testimony to the hard work that goes in behind the scenes that has delivered this kind of performance.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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