Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner said winning all six races in 2022 is “very high demand”, but he will not race defensively to secure the end of the season. He says he will aim to win everything without doing anything.
Championship leader Max Verstappen has won 11 times this season and could equal Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s record of 13 wins in a single season.
In the hands of Max Erstappen, the Red Bull RB18s are effectively in a league of their own, leaving Ferrari to challenge in the final only when the circumstances are right.
Red Bull Racing’s dominance in recent races has been so impressive that Lewis Hamilton admits he is “almost unbeatable”.
“We have to be realistic that Red Bull are almost unbeatable,” said Lewis Hamilton after the recent Italian Grand Prix, which saw Max Verstappen take his 31st career F1 victory.
“It takes a lot of effort to beat this car. In terms of performance, they are completely ahead of everyone else.”
Max Verstappen is currently ahead of Charles Leclerc by 116 points and could win the drivers’ championship at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix with a maximum of 138 points remaining after the race.
If Max Verstappen wins in Singapore, Charles Leclerc will need at least three points to retain the title in Japan. Sergio Perez and George Russell can also mathematically delay the celebration.
Red Bull Racing F1 team principal Christian Horner says the team’s approach is to adopt an aggressive style and try to win every race.
“Winning the remaining six races is a very high demand and there are big variations on the circuit,” said Horner.
“Singapore[par rapport à Monza]is a completely different challenge as the circuit has the most corners and is a bumpy track.”
“We are in a great position in the championship, but we will attack every race and give our best. The points will be processed naturally.”
“But as you know we were fast at Spa, Zandvoort, Monza and even Budapest, so the car is handling very well on different circuits.”
Christian Horner thinks Max Verstappen will need a near-perfect performance from his side to bring the championship to a close in Singapore at the earliest.
Max Verstappen is on a five-game winning streak and says with the championship just around the corner, only in karting has he enjoyed such a race advantage.
“My last year in karting was like that, but in terms of feeling it’s very different,” said Verstappen.
“At this stage, the target is Formula 1. Of course, I appreciate what I have achieved, but I think there is still a long way to go to get there.”
“So the wave of excitement and what I feel is a bit different. But my last year in karting has been great.”