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Christian Horner

Horner explains how Verstappen/Perez team differs to Vettel/Webber

As well as Max Verstappen winning the World Championship in 2022, Red Bull clinched the Constructors' Championship for the first time in nine years. Christian Horner feels there is a key difference between their current driver line-up and the one with which they won their last title.

Perez Verstappen
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Christian Horner has joked that Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are a "less stressful" driver line-up than Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Red Bull's 2022 win of the Constructors' Championship marked the first time they have claimed the prize since 2013, the final year of a dominant period for the team in which they won four consecutive titles alongside Vettel.

The partnership of Vettel and Webber featured some controversial moments, with the pair colliding at the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix before the infamous 'Multi 21' incident at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2013, where Vettel disobeyed a team order to stay behind his teammate.

While Verstappen and Perez have endured some difficult moments – with Verstappen's refusal to let the Mexican by at the Brazilian Grand Prix being the most notable – Horner feels that the current team is easier to manage than the Vettel/Webber era.

Horner praises 'team effort' at Red Bull

When asked at the FIA Prize Giving ceremony how different it felt to win the Constructors' crown with Verstappen and Perez compared to the success experienced with Vettel and Webber, Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com: "Less stressful with these guys than the previous two!"

Horner went on to praise the team's drivers for working well together, adding: "They've been great, they've worked incredibly well together. They've pushed the team hard.

"And I think, when you look at, for example, the amount of accident damage we've had this year, it's been the lowest of any single team."

However, he believes that the success is down to a wider effort amongst everybody within the squad.

"It's been truly a team effort, I think," Horner explained.

"It's the going that extra yard that makes a difference. Whether it's been behind the scenes on the simulator, whether it's in the composite department, whether it's in research and development, within the design department, across all of these different functions.

"Formula 1 is the biggest team sport in the world, and there are some of the most competitive teams in the world out there.

"So, particularly after a nine-year period, to win that Constructors' trophy and defend the Drivers' Championship this year, it has been an incredible year for us."

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