Christian Horner has warned his star man Max Verstappen about a Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes resurgence in 2023. Red Bull dominated in 2022, winning the constructors title and the drivers’ championship as Verstappen defended his world title.
Car regulations introduced by the FIA at the beginning of the year no doubt played a big part in the 2022 campaign, with some teams adapting better than others. Whilst Red Bull thrived the usually dominant Mercedes struggled, picking up just one win across the season.
One man who felt the effects was seven-time world champion Hamilton, whose problems with the car saw him endure his first ever winless Formula 1 campaign. Despite their 2022 troubles, Horner believes his Mercedes rivals will improve massively next season.
Speaking to Racing News 365, the Red Bull man was asked whether he felt his team would go on to dominate to which he replied: “I’d love to continue to dominate! But it’s somewhat unrealistic in this business, because the other teams are simply too good.”
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Tipping a return to the top for his rivals, Horner went on: “They will have learnt a lot of lessons from this year, and I’m sure that cars will converge significantly in ’23. The biggest winner from that is the fans, it’s obviously more stressful for the teams, but the winner is the sport if there’s more competition.”
Red Bull’s constructors’ title was no doubt an overdue one, having not won the F1 crown since 2013 following Mercedes’ period of dominance. As a result, after such a long wait Horner put the victory down to his team’s ‘spirit’.