Red Bull Racing F1 team principal Christian Horner says he will have to “work hard” to lose the 2022 title.
Max Verstappen won his 10th victory of the season, after his 4th consecutive victory in the previous round in the Netherlands. Verstappen leads the Drivers’ Championship with 310 points, with Charles Leclerc second and Sergio Perez tied third on 201.
Including this weekend’s F1 Italian Grand Prix, the maximum points left on the table are only 190, including bonus points for fastest lap and bonus points for Brazilian sprint .
In other words, Max Verstappen must win the 2022 F1 title four times in the next seven races, even assuming Charles Leclerc/Sergio Perez wins every race and gets bonus points, 2nd place and 5th place.
Of course, it’s easy to see why Red Bull Racing F1 team principal Christian Horner is in good spirits about the situation.
“We’re in a great position,” Horner said.
“You’ll probably have to work very hard to lose the title, but in terms of the numbers, nothing is done until it’s over.”
“Our approach is to go race by race as usual. Next race, next Sunday, same effort.”
“I try not to think too much about the future.”
Max Verstappen looks set to win the drivers’ title for the second year in a row, but Christian Horner admitted it’s not necessarily the title that matters most to him.
Last year Red Bull lost the constructors’ championship to Mercedes, but this year they are 135 points behind Ferrari.
“Builders are team against team and for the last eight years it’s been dominated by our neighbors[Mercedes]. If we can bring that home, that’s as big as the drivers this year,” said Horner.