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Red Bull Racing

Horner responds to Red Bull rivals 'copying' car

The all-conquering RB19 has won every single race thus far in 2023.

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has labelled rivals' decision to draw inspiration from the RB19 design as "flattering".

The Milton Keynes-based outfit has won all 10 Grands Prix this season, with some drivers including George Russell fearing Red Bull can go on to make history and be the first to claim victory in each race across a campaign.

With the Red Bull concept proving the fastest, rival squads are converging towards that philosophy with their own upgrades, with McLaren's batch of MCL60 updates proving similar.

McLaren was the closest challenger to pole-sitter and race-winner Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix, with Lando Norris second in both sessions and Oscar Piastri fourth in the race having been third on the grid.

Addressing the 'copying' of Red Bull's design, Horner told media, including RacingNews365: "It’s a very similar concept; I was looking at the car on the grid.

"It’s the first time we’ve really seen it this year and you can see the philosophy they’ve borrowed is very similar.

"They’ve chosen a similar path. It’s flattering, isn’t it? It’s inevitable that this will happen. Why wouldn’t you [copy our car]?

"When you have got a car that is performing like ours, it’s fairly logical that you look to emulate it, which some teams have chosen to do.

"Their performance at this circuit has been very strong but it will be very interesting to see how that pans out over the next few races."

The pecking order behind

While Red Bull has been the dominant force this year, the pecking order behind has constantly changed with Mercedes, Ferrari and Aston Martin proving the nearest challenger from weekend to weekend, although it is currently the Silver Arrows in second place in the Constructors' standings.

"It makes it easier in many respects, as we're just focused on ourselves," insisted Horner.

"It is somebody else [who is closest] every other weekend, so it's interesting to see how the form is moving around.

"It is tyre sensitive as well, there was another tyre construction introduced [at the British Grand Prix] and that has probably come into play a little bit as well."

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