Red Bull “had a solid target on our backs” off-track in F1 2022

Red Bull won both championships in 2022 as Max Verstappen took a record 15 wins in a single season to clinch his second driver’s title.

Sergio Perez finished third in the championship with two wins and helped Red Bull clinch the Constructors’ title with three races to go.

But Red Bull’s season was not without its setbacks, most notably when it was fined $7 million and a cut in aerodynamic testing for the next 12 months after breaching last year’s budget cap.

The team also challenged plans to change the aerodynamic rules for 2023 in response to the porpoise problem, believing the lobbying over the concerns was done to help a “certain team”.

Asked by Autosport if 2022 was one of the toughest political seasons he has seen in F1, Horner replied: “Off the track we have a clear goal behind us this year.

“We are a racing team. We are not a political organization. We just focus on racing and we are hard racers, we push the boundaries, which is what race teams do when they want to succeed.

“That has always been our approach. It has always worked well for us. It’s the way we like to compete. Sometimes it feels like this year has been tough. Unfortunately that is Formula 1.”

Helmut Marko, Christian Horner, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing

Photo by: Erik Junius

Red Bull had a slow start to the season after three DNFs in the first three races, including a double retirement at the opening round in Bahrain.

But the team bounced back against Ferrari before finally running clear in the development race to dominate the second half of the season.

Horner felt Red Bull’s 1-2 finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in April was an important moment to put pressure on Ferrari, which had moved into the lead early on in both championships.

“Our team did a great job coming out with such a competitive car and bouncing back after a double DNF where Ferrari finished a 1-2 in Bahrain,” said Horner.

“We never lost sight of what our goal was, and by the time we got to Imola, where we won the sprint and the Grand Prix with our first 1-2 of the year, we were able to put pressure on Ferrari again and we did.” t give them room to breathe.

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“We continued to develop the car efficiently and managed to lose some weight. And Max is in sensational form this year. You think back to some races earlier this year, it was so tight in the early races with Ferrari – you think about Miami, Saudi Arabia and even Bahrain.

“It’s been an incredible season for us.”

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