Christian Horner reacts to rumoured upgrade, comments on Toto Wolff pain

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez look set to guide Red Bull to both championships this season.

Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, has rubbished suggestions after the Italian Grand Prix that a new chassis is in the pipeline.

The Austrian side made a slightly wobbly start to the year, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez both retiring from the Bahrain Grand Prix due to reliability failures.

The Dutchman won in Jeddah before another mechanical issue dumped him out of the Australian Grand Prix, but he has been on fire since Melbourne.

An upgrade in Imola certainly helped Red Bull’s cause, and it also helped them bring the weight of the RB18 down to a more optimal figure.

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Verstappen has taken victory in 10 of the last 13 races, with Charles Leclerc, who won in Bahrain and Australia, claiming just one in that period, as well as Perez and Carlos Sainz.

The reigning champion won from seventh on the grid in Monza last time out, and that came after victories in Hungary and Belgium had arrived from 10th and 14th, respectively.

There does not appear to be any way to stop him right now, and the paddock rumour mill has produced suggestions that a lighter chassis is in construction in Milton Keynes.

This would help them maintain an edge over Ferrari at upcoming circuits such as Singapore and Suzuka, which are generally expected to favour the Scuderia.

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Horner confirmed that this is not the case.

“I don’t know where these rumours permeate from, but there’s no plans to introduce a lighter chassis,” he told Sky Sports.

“So, we’ll keep going and we’re in good shape, Singapore’s a completely different challenge to here, and Ferrari are going to be strong there.

“We got the strategy right today, but ultimately we have a fast car and Max is just on fire at the moment, so I don’t think anything was going to stop him today.”

Between them, Sir Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas won 111 races in the first eight seasons of the turbo-hybrid era.

Horner has not exactly developed a close friendship with Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, since 2014, so achieving that same period of dominance would be a sweet sensation for the 48-year-old.

However, he is aware of how difficult that is to achieve.

“I can only wish to inflict that amount of pain in Toto for the next eight years,” joked Horner.

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“But it’s highly unlikely, we’ve had a wonderful year so far, there’s still a long way to go, Ferrari are quick, Mercedes are sorting themselves out.

“You know, you’ve got to keep moving forward, and all the lessons we learn now have to apply next year as well.”

Verstappen looks set to wrap up this year’s championship in the next couple of rounds.