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Christian Horner

Horner aims subtle dig at Wolff's Verstappen jibe

The Red Bull boss spoke as the team closes in on a sixth Constructors' Crown, which can be secured in Japan.

Wolff Horner
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Christian Horner has aimed a subtle dig at Toto Wolff's 'Wikipedia' jibe as Red Bull is in the cusp of retaining the Constructors' title.

Should the reigning champions out-score Mercedes by a single point and not be out-scored by Ferrari by 24 points, it will wrap up the 2023 Constructors' crown with six rounds still to go.

It would be Red Bull's sixth title after the four between 2010-2013 and the 2022 crown that ended Mercedes' dominance between 2014-2021.

Driver Max Verstappen has enjoyed unparalleled success in the RB19, claiming a record-breaking 10 straight wins between Miami and Italy - which ended in Singapore.

After that record-setting Monza win, Wolff claimed the statistic was for "Wikipedia" - only to row back on that in Singapore, although Horner could not resist mentioning it when asked about Red Bull's second period of success in Grand Prix racing.

Horner's Wolff dig

"When I first came in, it was clear that Dietrich [Mateschitz] had come into Formula 1 because he wanted to compete," Horner told media including RacingNews365.

"He had bought what was the Jaguar Formula 1 team that had been a perennial seventh-place finisher, and it was about then constructing a team and I don't think any of us could have ever envisaged what lay ahead of us.

"Within 19 seasons to have achieved what we have has been a phenomenal journey so far. But it's never a question about looking back.

"It's always a question of looking forward and I think that for us, if we can close out these championships in the coming races, that again - I know nobody looks at Wikipedia these days – is a huge statistic that everybody will be immensely proud of.

"For us, it then becomes about next year, the year after, and of course, the next chapter for Red Bull, which is the relationship with Ford in 2026 with producing our own powertrain which going from zero with a start-up company effectively, and building a facility and that is the next challenge.

"It's been quite a journey, and hopefully a few more chapters to go."

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