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Why Horner is prioritising team over drivers at Red Bull

Even though Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are close to each other at the top of the championship standings, Christian Horner is prioritising team success for Red Bull.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner says the team's ambitions are more important than those of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, with both drivers currently in the fight for this season’s Drivers' Championship. Having taken four victories so far in 2022, Verstappen leads the standings with 125 points as Perez's win in last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix means the Mexican is just 15 points adrift of his teammate. Asked by US outlet Bloomberg how he manages the challenge of having two drivers competing for the title, Horner replied: "It's a nice challenge to have, but ultimately, they're team players, they're part of the team. "It's not Sergio Perez Racing, or Max Verstappen Racing, it's Red Bull Racing, and they work for the team, they have a responsibility, they drive the cars that the 800 employees here have designed and produced for them, so they're one link in the chain. "They're a very important link, but it's vital that they recognise that the team's ambition is greater than their own."

Horner praises team approach to 2022

With Verstappen and Perez first and third in the drivers' standings, and Red Bull currently leading Ferrari to head the Constructors' Championship, Horner has talked up the ability of his drivers and the way his team has adapted to F1's new regulations for 2022. "There's been the biggest regulation change this year for 40 years," said Horner. "The team has done a great job in adapting to those regulations, and having achieved a World Championship last year with Max, we're determined to defend it. "In Checo (Perez), we've got a driver that's growing in confidence. He's just won the Monaco Grand Prix, and we've got these two wonderful drivers that are taking on new challenges from Ferrari this year."

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