Horner ‘concerned’ about Red Bull issue that left Verstappen raging
Horner opens up on Red Bull's 'barren spell' amid Mercedes dominance
Christian Horner is “concerned” about Red Bull’s reliability just weeks after Max Verstappen hit out at mechanics over issues. Horner stressed problems are “never too far away” and admitted the team have already shouldered at least three issues so far.
Horner made the admission on Red Bull’s own podcast ‘Talking Bull’ in the run-up to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. When asked if anything had concerned him so far this season, Horner replied: “Yeah loads. There’s always something.
“Reliability is always something that is never too far away, particularly with these cars. We had some issues at the first race we had to manage. We had a driveshaft issue with Max in Saudi. Checo had a couple of issues in the build-up to qualifying in Australia.
“There’s always little things that can disrupt your flow. There’s so many things with these cars that are so complex that can go wrong, or the weather, or someone crashing and a red flag.” Verstappen called out engineers in Saudi Arabia after a mechanical failure prevented him from challenging for pole.
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The Red Bull star was forced to bounce back from the midfield on Sunday but was unable to beat team-mate Sergio Perez who took the win. After the race, the 25-year-old revealed he was “not happy” and demanded his team get to the bottom of the issues.
He explained: “Of course, I recovered to second, which is good. In general, the whole feeling in the team is everyone is happy.
“But, personally, I’m not happy. Because I’m not here to be second, especially when you are working very hard, also back at the factory to make sure that you arrive here in a good state and making sure that everything is spot on. And then you have to do a recovery race, which I like – I mean, I don’t mind doing it.
“But when you’re fighting for a championship, especially when it looks like it’s just between two cars – we have to make sure that also the two cars are reliable.”
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Despite the problems, Red Bull have still dominated the opening part of the campaign with a 100 per cent win record. Verstappen has picked up two wins and enjoys a comfortable 15-point lead over Perez ahead of Azerbaijan.
However, Horner has refused to get carried away as he accepted Red Bull have not wrapped up the crown yet. He added: “There’s so many variables that you just can’t control.
“I am a great believer that you make your own luck. Things happen, they tend to even themselves out over the course of the season. But you’ve got to take your chances and you’ve got to grab every opportunity with both hands and you’ve only got yourself to blame if you don’t.
“It’s about leaving no stone unturned, it’s about all the attention to detail.”
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