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Christian Horner

Horner intends to learn from Lauda lesson ahead of 2024 title defence

The Red Bull boss is keen to use lessons from Niki Lauda to ensure Red Bull don't rest on their laurels in 2024.

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Christian Horner is taking inspiration from a Niki Lauda lesson as he looks to ensure Red Bull is not complacent with its 2024 Formula 1 title defences.

Red Bull cruised to 21 wins from 22 races in 2023, setting a new record for 860 points in the Constructors' as it wrapped up a sixth crown with Max Verstappen sealing his third Drivers' title with 19 of those wins.

The two Red Bull eras of F1 sandwich Mercedes' era between 2014 and 2021, in which it won 15 of the 16 titles on offer, including all eight Constructors' to become the most dominant team in F1 history.

Three-time World Champion Lauda was the non-executive chairman of Mercedes and helped guide the team to its initial success, before passing away in May 2019, with Horner keen to follow his mantra of learning.

Horner's Lauda lesson

"Niki was a very wise guy and he was quite right," Horner told media including RacingNews365.

"The days you lose, as long as you're prepared to accept the lessons are the days that you learn the most.

"And I think that you're always learning, the races that you win there are always things that you can do better. So even the analysis out of [the United States GP] we were very strong on Saturday, our opponents were close to us on Sunday.

"So you can never rest on your laurels. You've got to keep looking forward. You’ve got to keep pushing, you’ve got to keep looking forward because for sure, everybody behind you is.

"You have to remember that since the summer break, we've really added very little performance, if anything, to the car.

"With the wind tunnel restrictions that we've had, we've elected to use that on RB20, next year's car as opposed to continuing the development on RB19.

"And that's not to say, whatever we do now, we don't learn and apply for next year but we've managed to be consistent at a whole variance of circuits."

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