The key moment where Red Bull’s haters will want to be proved right

Michelle Foster
Red Bull celebrate their 100th grand prix win, Max Verstappen P1, with Helmut Marko and Sergio Perez either side. Canada June 2023

Red Bull celebrate their 100th grand prix win, Max Verstappen P1. Canada June 2023

At a team that perhaps doesn’t get the recognition they deserve, Christian Horner reckons there are a lot of people who’d be happy to see Red Bull “fall on our faces”.

The energy drink company that became a Formula 1 team, the Formula 1 team that became race winners, the race winners that began to dominate, Red Bull have not followed the traditional path in Formula 1.

So much so they’re still the mavericks of the sport despite six Drivers’ Championship and five Constructors’ titles.

Standing strong against the might of Mercedes and the money of Ferrari, Red Bull are well on their way to a seventh World title and a sixth Constructors’ having run rampant over their rivals this season with a perfect record.

With eight wins from eight races, the Milton Keynes squad is on a run matched only by McLaren back in 1988 but, unlike McLaren, they lack the pedigree and so, at times, it seems also the praise.

Despite bagging their 100th grand prix win at the Canadian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen’s sixth of the season to equal Ayrton Senna on 41 race wins, Red Bull are all too often still considered the outcasts of the sport.

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“I think when you’re in the moment it’s very difficult to say,” Horner told Motorsport.com when asked about the credit his team receives.

“It’s only when you stand back and look at what’s been achieved [things sink in]. So, at some point that will inevitably happen.

“We’re still relatively the new kids on the block. We’re still one of the newer teams in Formula 1, as it were.

“But you can see the following of the team growing and growing. And only history will dictate what we go on to ultimately achieve and do.

“We’ve got some exciting chapters coming up, as we become our own power unit manufacturer.

“There’s probably a lot of people that think we’re gonna fall on our face by picking that route.

“But, believe me, there’s determination within this group to make sure that it succeeds.”

With eight wins from eight races Red Bull are racing away with this year’s championship double with Max Verstappen 69 points up on Sergio Perez in the Drivers’ standings and Red Bull sitting on 321 points to Mercedes’ 167.

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