The 2021 season saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ending the dominant championship run of team Mercedes and their 7 times world champion Lewis Hamilton securing his maiden title by overtaking Lewis Hamilton in the dramatic and controversial last alp of season finisher in Abu Dhabi. This was Red Bull’s first title since Sebastian Vettel’s triumph in 2013.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner played an instrumental in Max Verstappen title run providing Max with his racing knowledge and supporting him outside the track going face to face with rival Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. Though Red Bull haven’t had the most dominant performing car throughout the 2021 season they had really good challenger provided by Honda helping Max Verstappen to push hard on Lewis Hamilton.
The 2022 season will host a new set of regulations which proves to be both a constrain and opportunity to F1 teams to build a brand new F1 challenger which is championship ready. Red Bull will be hoping to reduce the dominance in cars performance Mercedes had over them in latter part of 2021 season with help of their new challenger. Christian Horner has now teased some insight into the 2022 challenger and its testing.
Christian Horner provides updates on 2022 challenger and its testing
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has come forth with updates on their 2022 F1 challenger RB18 in a recent interview with RacingNews365.com. Christian Horner says that a lot of hard work is put into RB18 and the car is tacking shape hitting most of the targets till now. Christian Horner said that though it’s a tight schedule the car is coming together and will go into build next week.
“This is that time of year where everything’s a bit tight; it’s lots of long hours and takeaways!” Christian Horner said.
“There’s a lot of hard work going into RB18 [and] it’s taking shape. It’s hitting the majority of its targets so far,” Christian Horner added.
“The team are working incredibly hard, and it’s really coming together. It goes into car build next week, so that’s exciting!” says Christian Horner.
Christian Horner also announced that Red Bull will do the usual shakedown before going into full pledged testing. Christian Horner said that 3 days for a driver for testing is short but added that it will make the first part of the season more exiting for fans. Christian Horner also acknowledged the uncertainty in car performance for 2022 season as he expects hard results in next season which requires different solutions.
“In terms of testing, we’ll do the usual shakedown, prior to heading down to Barcelona and Bahrain, with a new car, it’s not a lot at three days a driver – it’s pretty intense, but it’ll certainly make the first part of the season, for the fans and the followers, more interesting,” Christian Horner said.
“Particularly with such a big regulation shake-up, there will be winners and losers from that, so, you might get some curveball results that you’ve not expected, depending on what solutions people have come up with,” Christian Horner added.