Horner: Our luck will balance itself out

Finley Crebolder
Christian Horner at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hungary August 2021

Christian Horner on the starting grid before the Hungarian Grand Prix gets underway. Hungary August 2021

Luck may not have been on Red Bull’s side in the first half of the season, but Christian Horner is confident things will balance out.

Initially in the 2021 campaign, things were going well for Horner’s team with them winning six of the first nine races of the season.

Things have gone wrong in the last two rounds before the summer break though, with Max Verstappen crashing out at the start at Silverstone after contact with Lewis Hamilton, and Sergio Perez doing the same in Hungary after being hit by Valtteri Bottas, with Verstappen also picking up damage in that incident.

Those races, along with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, in which Verstappen crashed out while leading due to a tyre failure, have Horner ruing their luck, but he is sure some good fortune is on the way.

“At no point do we feel that [we’ve been] absolutely in control,” he said after the race in Budapest.

“We’ve won six races in the first half of the year. The races we haven’t scored at: Azerbaijan wasn’t Max’s fault, Silverstone wasn’t Max’s fault, here [Hungary] wasn’t Max’s fault.

“So our luck will change over the length of a season, it will balance itself out and I look forward to the second half of the year.

“The whole team deserves a well-earned break, the drivers will get some time off and believe me we’ll come out fighting in the second half of the championship – so yes, it will be interesting.”

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After picking up four consecutive wins from Azerbaijan to Austria, Red Bull had a sizeable lead over Mercedes in both championships.

That has since changed though, with the German team leading the Constructors’ by 12 points and Hamilton leading Verstappen by eight.

Nevertheless, Horner is not too worried, with how quickly things have turned around only giving him confidence the same will happen again.

“We’ve had some hugely bad luck in the last couple of races,” he added.

“It’s been pretty brutal in parts, in damage, in engines. But you know, we’ll brush ourselves down and we’ll come out fighting in the second half of the championship.

“Obviously it’s been a tough couple of weekends but things can turn around very quickly as you’ve seen, and there’s a long way to go in this championship.”