Red Bull’s battle with Ferrari more ‘respectful’ than Mercedes

Red Bull’s battle with Ferrari more ‘respectful’ than Mercedes

Christian Horner revealed how Purple Bull’s struggle with Ferrari differs from the team’s 2021 clash

Christian Horner revealed how Purple Bull’s struggle with Ferrari differs from the team’s 2021 clash with 8-time constructors championship winners Mercedes.

Even though Max Verstappen defeated Lewis Hamilton last year in a championship fight that went down to the ultimate lap of the closing race, the Silver Arrows took house the constructors prize.

“There’s an dreadful whole lot of rigidity in between Mercedes and Pink Bull,” workforce principal Christian Horner informed The Submit in advance of Sunday’s Components 1 Australian Grand Prix.

“[They’re] primarily based 10 miles up the road from our factory, and you have the motor facet as nicely,” he extra, referencing the quite a few engine personnel who lately remaining the team to sign up for Pink Bull Powertrains.

The opening races of the 2022 season have found Verstappen preventing wheel-to-wheel with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, although Hamilton’s Mercedes automobile has struggled to find rate.

“There’s a respectful rivalry,” Horner mentioned of the Italian outfit. “There’s not pretty the exact same depth.”

Max Verstappen, left, speaks with Christian Horner just before the Method 1 Grand Prix of Australia.
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His opinions came amid a disappointing result in Australia for the reigning entire world winner, who appeared set to finish second guiding Leclerc before owning to retire his motor vehicle with 20 laps to go.

It was the Dutchman’s next DNF in just 3 races.

“We place so substantially into past year’s globe championship that we thought we were the last workforce to arrive onto the 2022 polices,” Horner discussed. “It was certainly a worry for us that we would start the season on the again foot.”

“I believe Ferrari are extremely robust at the minute [but] Mercedes will remedy their problems, I’ve obtained no doubt about that. … Our major target is on ourselves.”

Horner later instructed reporters the result was “desperately aggravating,” as the workforce fell again into third area in the constructors championship.

“We just cannot take DNFs, but we have to have to have an understanding of what the problem is and address it,” he explained. “I’d alternatively resolve a speedy automobile than try out and make a responsible, gradual a single rapid. We need to have to get on top rated of it.”

Ferrari are now 39 factors forward of next-location Mercedes, even though Purple Bull trails a further 10 factors driving.