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Christian Horner

Exclusive: Horner expects 'more to come' from Red Bull's 2022 car

In an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com, Christian Horner has explained why the teams are still "scratching the surface" on the potential of the new 2022 F1 cars.

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Christian Horner believes there is "more to come" from Red Bull as they continue to get the most out of their new car.

All 10 teams were able to test out their 2022 challengers for the first time at the pre-season test in Barcelona last week, and there will be another three-day testing session in Bahrain on 10-12 March.

In an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.com, Horner spoke about how Red Bull found the adjustment to new elements of the car during testing in Spain, given the wave of new technical regulations that have come into effect.

On the new 18-inch Pirelli tyres, Horner said: "I think that, obviously, we're operating in temperatures that we won't see too much of, maybe other than Silverstone, throughout the year, so it's very much a learning curve with these tyres."

And when asked whether the team have got a grip on the suspension yet, the Team Principal admitted that this is another element he expects to be developed further in Bahrain.

"Again, I think there's more to come," Horner explained.

"We're just scratching the surface of the potential of these cars, so I think you'll see another step in Bahrain."

More development and "encouraging" driver feedback

Horner thinks this development will continue throughout the season.

"I think there'll be quite a steep curve [with the] new [regulations]," the Red Bull boss said.

"I think that every week we're finding more performance, and you've got to think there's going to be close to one second and a half to two seconds with the development during the course of the year."

Following their running in the RB18 in Barcelona, feedback from drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez has so far been "encouraging", according to Horner.

"It's been good, positive," Horner added.

"I think Max has enjoyed driving the car. He's been complimentary about it. Checo's feedback has been very consistent with Max's, so that's always an encouraging sign."

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