Red Bull boss Christian Horner has revealed that at every circuit he goes to, he must find himself a lucky toilet.
Having served as team principal of Red Bull’s Formula 1 outfit since 2005, Horner has visited many tracks over those years.
Of course, he will have made many trips to the bathroom throughout that time on the road with Formula 1, but they actually play a more significant part in his preparations for a race than you would imagine.
Horner’s lucky routine dictates he must visit his “lucky toilet” before starting each race.
There are some circuits where the toilet is in the Red Bull motorhome, but at venues like Interlagos, home of the Brazilian Grand Prix, things get a little more interesting.
“I have a lucky toilet at every circuit I go to and I have to make sure I visit that toilet before the start of every race,” said Horner while appearing on the Pardon My Take podcast.
“At some circuits we have toilets in the motorhome itself. But in Brazil for example, we go to a place with 25 toilets, [if] 24 are occupied and one is free, that’s the lucky one for the rest of the weekend.”
It is safe to say that for this season at least, Horner’s lucky routine has been very effective indeed.
Mercedes had slowly wrestled the momentum away from Red Bull with three wins in the opening four races of 2021, but that all changed at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc’s pre-race driveshaft failure left him unable to take the race start from pole position, promoting Max Verstappen into the perfect starting spot from P2.
Verstappen controlled proceedings, while his main title rival Lewis Hamilton capped off a poor weekend with P7 in the race, losing out compared with where he started to Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel.
Valtteri Bottas appeared set to save Mercedes’ blushes in P2, until a wheel nut machined onto the axle at his pit-stop, resulting in a DNF.
As a result of the Monaco nightmare for Mercedes, Red Bull took over as leaders in the Constructors’ Championship, while Verstappen became leader of the Drivers’ Championship for the first time in his career.