Horner: RB19 will go down in history a very special car

Horner: RB19 will go down in history a very special car

Horner: RB19 will go down in history a very special car

Christian Horner, Red Bull’s Team Principal, reflected on his team’s ultra-successful 2023 Formula 1 season, claiming the RB19 will go down in history as a very special car.

The RB19 was another masterpiece from Adrian Newey and in the hands of Max Verstappen, proved to be a formidable weapon Red Bull used to win 21 out of the 22 grands prix of the 2023 season.

The team only missed out on Singapore which Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz won, a rare weekend when the RB19 misbehaved, but other than that blip, the 2023 Red Bull single seater was faultless.

“This car is going to go down in this history books as a very special car,” Horner told Sky Sports F1 after the Abu Dhabi season finale, which Verstappen won by 17 seconds.

“To have won 21 out of 22, just missing out on Singapore – which leaves room for improvement! What a year, more than anything all the men and women behind the scenes, back in the factory, across the whole business, from the catering staff to the van drivers, to the receptionists, to the designers, to the manufacturing.

“We’ve had 22 different venues, we’ve won at 21 of them, there’s been rain, there’s been all kinds of conditions and strategies. It’s been the most a phenomenal year in which people can take a huge amount of pride in what they have achieved,” he added.

There are still ways to improve the car

Horner claimed their are still ways to improve the car, he said: “We’re always finding ways to find marginal gains, it’s never enough. We know our opponents; this would have motivated them more than ever to come back at us hard.

“Nothing stands still in this sport; everything moves so quickly, and you can see as we weren’t developing the other teams were making small gains and coming closer and closer.

“So we’re going to take all of these lessons from this car, and apply it to our RB20 next year and try and defend these two titles,” he warned.

Red Bull, for the first time in their history have also secured a one-two in the 2023 F1 Drivers Championship, with Sergio Perez ending the season runner up to Verstappen.

Big Question: Will the RB20 be better than the RB19?

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