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Christian Horner

Horner jokingly rubs extra salt into F1 competitors wounds

Red Bull took 21 victories in 22 races and hit 860 points during the 2023 Formula 1 season, all while the RB19 has not received substantial updates. But what was the main challenge for the dominant team?

Verstappen donuts Abu Dhabi 2023
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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has named one of the biggest challenges for the team during their dominant season with the RB19.

The car received a valiant send off at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when Max Verstappen did donuts under the lights to cap off his incredible run of 19 victories.

Red Bull finished the year on 860 points, which was 451 points more than second-place Mercedes on 409 points.

When asked about their biggest challenge throughout the season, Horner joked to media, including RacingNews365: "The biggest changes we've had have been livery!"

The Red Bull Team Principal was quick to acknowledge the different challenges that have faced the team throughout the year for different teams, including Aston Martin, latterly McLaren, and consistently Mercedes and Ferrari.

Only Ferrari were able to dethrone them at the Singapore Grand Prix, following a strong qualifying from Carlos Sainz.

"At different times during the season, we've had different competitors, giving us a hard time, whether it was Aston Martin that started the season very strongly," said Horner.

"If you think back to Monaco that just came down to Quali, that was just one lap in Quali that determined that race.

"And then more recently, McLaren have really brought us a firm challenge at some very recent races, we've had Ferrari up there as well and Mercedes occasionally as well.

"So, it's been varying who the competitor has been. I think where we've been particularly strong is we've just managed to achieve that level of consistency across many different circuits, conditions, and circumstances."

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