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Horner: I'm sure concepts will converge

Horner: I’m sure concepts will converge

Horner: I'm sure concepts will converge

Christian Horner refused ruling out rivals catching Red Bull in 2024 despite his team’s utter dominance of the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Red Bull racing secured their sixth F1 Constructors’ Title at the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix, and their lead driver secured his third Drivers’ Crown in Qatar, and for the first time in their history, they also achieved a one/two in the Drivers’ Championship as Sergio Perez finished runner up to Verstappen.

Asked after the season finale in Abu Dhabi if rivals had a chance of catching Red Bull, Horner said: “We saw that in 2020 with Mercedes.

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“If you remember, that was their most dominant year ever and yet, we were able to beat them in ’21. There is a subtle rule change but I think that nothing stands still. We’ve seen competitors coming closer at different venues and I’m sure concepts will converge.

“Stable regulations always concertina,” Horner went on. “I don’t think we’ll ever be able to repeat the season that we’ve had, but hopefully, we can take the lessons from RB19 and apply them to the RB20 and come up with a car that we can defend these titles with.

“It’s been different people at different times. It’s swung around from McLaren having a surge, Ferrari having a surge, Mercedes turning up at one point, so it’s moved around from venue to venue,” he pointed out.

Red Bull humbled by Singapore

So dominant was the RB19 that Red Bull only missed out on winning the Singapore Grand Prix, which Carlos Sainz won for Ferrari.

Quizzed how he felt about that, Horner responded: “It leaves you humbled but there is still something to strive for and it’s a useful lesson that things can change quickly.

“Singapore was a standout weekend. I never dreamt – you guys have been asking me since about race three, ‘Do you think you can win all the races this year?’.

“To win 21 out of the 22 races is insanity,” the Red Bull boss insisted.

“For Max to have led over 1000 laps, for him to have won 19 races, to have broken McLaren’s record from ’88, to have broken Seb’s [Vettel] record from 2013 – the win ratios, all the percentages that he’s hit, this car will go down in history certainly for a considerable period of time as the most successful car in Formula 1 history,” Horner concluded.

(Reporting by Agnes Carlier, Writing by Jad Mallak)