Christian Horner makes feelings clear as one Sky F1 question ‘drives him nuts’

Thomas Maher
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner at the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2023.

Red Bull's Christian Horner in thought on the grid.

Christian Horner was annoyed by a question asked by Sky F1 during the Austrian Grand Prix post-race analysis.

With Red Bull dominating the Austrian Grand Prix to add to their ever-expanding tally of consecutive race wins, team boss Christian Horner was asked a question once too many at the end of the race.

With their 10th consecutive win, Red Bull are now within one win of matching the all-time record of 11, set by McLaren in 1988, and are also in a position to be able to possibly challenge to win every single race on the schedule this year – such is their pace advantage.

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Speaking to Sky F1 after the race, Horner was asked whether any part of him is thinking about claiming the record of every single race win in a season.

“So it drives me nuts when you ask those questions,” he said.

“We can only take it one race at a time. I mean, can we? Yes. Will we? Who knows?

“I mean, reliability, weather – Silverstone next weekend is going to be epic. It’s going to be fantastic there but who knows what obstacles there could be.” recommends

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Max Verstappen had been leading at last year’s race until floor damage slowed his pace and prevented him from fighting for the victory, and Horner pointed at this as an example of what can go wrong at any race to derail their bid.

“We saw what happened there last year,” he said.

“It’s a race we haven’t won since Mark [Webber] back in 2012. So that’s a big race for us on this calendar.”

Christian Horner full of praise for Max Verstappen

With Verstappen dominating the Austrian Grand Prix to the point where he had the buffer needed to pit for fresh tyres with two laps to go, bidding for the fastest lap point, Horner praised the racecraft of the Dutch driver after watching him cleverly back off in the first DRS zone in order to attack the Ferraris.

“Max is such an instinctive racer. He was feathering the throttle to get the DRS, knowing that he wanted it down to Turn 3,” he said.

“He’s watching the racing as he’s going around, as well, so he knows what was going on.”

Horner explained Verstappen had wanted the pitstop at the end, despite his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase warning him of the risk as it would mean only a few seconds buffer over Charles Leclerc, but Verstappen wasn’t to be deterred – showing the same mentality as the late team owner Dietrich Mateschitz had shown during his life.

“Then he was pushing us about our pitstop,” he said.

“You could tell he wanted that soft set of tyres and it was like, ‘OK, look, no risk, no foul’, and that was what Dietrich always said. The mechanics have been in such great form in the pits today, it was a very low-risk thing to do.”

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