Christian Horner makes admission that Max Verstappen won’t want to hear

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton recently drew controversy for downplaying Max Verstappen's success.

Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull Racing, has recognised that it is “inevitable” that the team will face challenges and be caught by their rivals in Formula 1 at some point. 

Despite their dominant run, Horner remains pragmatic about the future.

Red Bull achieved Formula 1 glory in 2021 by securing the Drivers’ title with Max Verstappen and subsequently clinching both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships last year, thanks in part to significant changes in the technical regulations.

While the 2022 season began with Ferrari having the most competitive package on the grid, Red Bull managed to outpace all their competitors, winning 10 out of the final 11 rounds.

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This year, Red Bull has extended its advantage further, with their evolutionary RB19 car triumphing in all 14 races held up to this point. 

This relentless success has prompted doubts from figures like Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton, who questioned whether Red Bull can be beaten before the next technical rule changes in 2026.

However, Christian Horner remains grounded, brushing off such concerns and highlighting the inevitability of eventual challenges. 

He stated, “One day we’re going to get beaten. 

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“That’s inevitable and guaranteed. It’s just a question of when… 

“Obviously, we want to make the ‘when’ as far away as we can.”

Horner continued, “With every weekend that goes past, there becomes more expectation to keep this amazing run of results. 

“To think we’ve won all 14 grands prix [this year], 24 of the last 25, and we’ve managed to win as a team. 

“It’s quite incredible that we’ve managed to keep this momentum going.”

Max Verstappen’s recent triumph at the Italian Grand Prix ensured that Red Bull concluded the European leg of the calendar still unbeaten. 

Their pursuit of becoming the first unbeaten team in Formula 1 history now hinges on securing eight more victories.

Verstappen achieved a remarkable feat by notching his 10th consecutive victory, setting a new all-time F1 record. 

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Sergio Perez added to Red Bull’s success by finishing second, resulting in the team’s first-ever 1-2 finish at Monza.

Red Bull’s dominance is reflected in the Constructors’ Championship, where they hold a staggering 278-point lead over second-place Mercedes. 

In the Drivers’ Standings, Verstappen enjoys a comfortable advantage of 145 points over his teammate, Perez.