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, and 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.
- Advertisment -


Start of the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix of | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 winners and losers from 2024 Chinese GP

Formula 1's return to Shanghai after a five-year absence sputtered with some bright moments but failed to really ignite...
Lando Norris during 2024 Chinese GP | McLaren F1 Team

Lando Norris shines in China but McLaren star remains F1’s nearly man

Lando Norris will come away from the Formula 1 2024 Chinese Grand Prix with a feeling of euphoria and...
Sergio Perez leads Lando Norris of McLaren during the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Chinese GP 2024: Driver Ratings

Max Verstappen enjoyed total domination at the Formula 1 2024 Chinese Grand Prix to extend his lead at the...
Scot Dixon celebrate win at 2024 IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach | Penske Entertainment: James Black

How does he do it? IndyCar’s ultimate ninja pulls off sensational Long Beach heist

Nobody knows how he does it but Scott Dixon is a freak of nature when it comes to saving...
The cars get ready for the 2024GEICO 500 at Talladega | NASCAR/X

NASCAR 2024 GEICO 500 highlights and results: Reddick wins in Talladega

Reddick comes through for first Cup win The NASCAR Cup Series' GEICO 500 was oddly clean for a Talladega Superspeedway...
Lando Norris celebrates finishing second at the 2024 Chinese GP | McLaren

Lando Norris mystified at McLaren 2024 Chinese GP pace

If Max Verstappen didn’t exist, Lando Norris would be a Formula 1 race winner after he finished second at...
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and Max Verstappen talk in the Paddock ahead of 2024 Australian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Fiery Horner reignites Wolff feud over Verstappen rumours: I don’t think Toto’s problems are...

Christian Horner launched a stinging attack on Toto Wolff over the Mercedes team principal stoking rumours that Max Verstappen...
Toto Wolff at 2023 United States Grand Prix | Mercedes / Sebastian Kawka

Toto Wolff in ‘simple minds’ jibe at Horner over Max Verstappen

Toto Wolff has aimed a thinly-veiled swipe at Christian Horner by suggesting only 'simple minds' believe Max Verstappen would...
Daniel Ricciardo of Visa Cash App RB during Sprint Qualifying ahead of 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Daniel Ricciardo handed grid penalty for 2024 Miami Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo's challenging weekend at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix has been compounded by a three-grid place penalty issued...
Guanyu Zhou gets emotional on the grid after the 2024 Chinese GP | Sauber

Zhou Guanyu in tears after making F1 history

In an emotionally charged scene at the end of the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, Sauber's Zhou Guanyu achieved...
- Advertisment -