Horner shoots down Russell’s Red Bull verdict despite Verstappen dominance

Horner opens up on Red Bull's 'barren spell' amid Mercedes dominance

Christian Horner has called out George Russell’s Red Bull prediction as “unimaginable” despite the team’s early season dominance. Russell tipped Red Bull to win “every race” this season after cruising to a one-two finish in Bahrain.

So far, his tip has turned out to be correct with the team winning all five Grands Prix. Sergio Perez has two wins after faultless drives in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan with Max Verstappen victorious in the rest.

However, Horner feels it would be almost impossible to win every Grand Prix despite admitting this is their best start to a season. Speaking to the Financial Times, he said: “I think that’s a massively tall order.

“I mean, you’ve got 23 events, street circuits, there’s going to be weather that turns up, there’s going to be reliability, strategy, an element of luck. So I think to win 23 races is unimaginable.

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“I’m sitting here after five races and we’ve won the first five and that is by far the best start we’ve ever had to a Grand Prix season. We just want to keep that rolling as long as we can, take one race of time and not think about trying to win 23 races.”

Red Bull won a staggering 17 out of the 23 races last season with Verstappen breaking records en route to the title. The Dutchman secured the most wins in a single F1 season having stood on the top step of the podium 15 times.

The feat eclipsed Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s previous tally of 13 victories in their title-winning campaigns. Russell made the prediction after Verstappen dominated the Bahrain season-opener with a hefty gap to their nearest rivals.

He explained: “Red Bull has got this championship sewn up, I don’t think anyone is going to be fighting with them this year. I expect they should win every single race this season. That is my bet.

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“With the performance they’ve got I don’t see anyone challenging them.”

Despite their strong start, Horner has refused to get carried away as he continues to warn of the threats from behind. Red Bull have a 10 per cent reduction in wind tunnel development time after breaching budget cap rules.

This could impact their upgrades throughout the year and allow their rivals to catch up. When asked at what stage the penalty could start to bite, Horner said: “I think you’ll see from the next race.

“I think there’s big upgrades coming. We just have to be super selective in terms of what we test and how we develop the car.”

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