Christian Horner dismisses rumours of incoming lighter Red Bull chassis

Sam Cooper
Christian Horner smiles in the paddock. Hungary July 2022.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner walks through the paddock. Hungary July 2022.

Christian Horner has denied reports that Red Bull are preparing a lighter chassis for the final six races of the season.

A story emerged ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, the first race back from the summer break, that the team had been working on the updated design after the new Technical Directive pushed them over the weight limit.

Three races on and that has yet to materialise with the team not needing the weight loss given their dominance since the return of the sport.

Team boss Horner has firmly put to bed any such rumours and said he was not sure where they were coming from, despite his driver Max Verstappen seemingly confirming as such following his victory in Spa.

“Well I don’t know where these rumours permeate from,” he told Sky Sports F1. “But no, there’s no plans to introduce a lighter chassis. So you know, we keep going. We’re in good shape.

“Singapore is completely different challenge to here [Monza]. For sure Ferrari gonna [are] be strong there. We got the strategy right today but ultimately, we had a fast car and Max is just on fire at the moment. So I don’t think anything was going to stop him today.”

Verstappen is enjoying the longest winning streak of his career having finished first in the last five grands prix and said that even though he is as currently as dominant as he was in his final year of karting, the feeling is very different.

“It’s amazing what we are experiencing within the team,” he told the media following the Italian Grand Prix.

“”I think we are having an amazing year and it’s important to enjoy it as well. I think we’ve had a lot of different challenges on different kinds of tracks and now the car really seems to work at every track. We are extremely pleased.

“[It was the same in] my final year in karting. But it‚Äôs very different in terms of feelings.

“At the time, your goal is Formula 1, so of course you’re enjoying what you’re achieving but you also think there’s such a long way still left before you get to Formula 1. So it’s a bit of a different wave of excitement and what you feel.

“But that final year in go-karting was nice, too.”

The Championships is practically in Verstappen’s hands as he leads Charles Leclerc by¬†116 points with six races left.