RED BULL are embroiled in a tense battle with Ferrari in 2022 a 12 months on from their epic duel with Mercedes.
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Christian Horner has “no emotions” about Mercedes however admits they’re “struggling” for efficiency in 2022. The Pink Bull boss had no sympathy for his outdated rivals simply months on from their ferocious duel for the 2021 crown.
Tensions between Horner and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff spilled over at occasions throughout final season.
In the meantime, the battle between drivers Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton boiled over on monitor with a variety of excessive profile incidents in Britain, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Talking after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Horner mentioned he was solely targeted on his new battle with Ferrari.
He mentioned: “They’re struggling. I’ve no emotions about their competitiveness. Clearly, I’m targeted on our competitiveness in what’s a really intense struggle with Ferrari in the intervening time.
“I’ve little doubt that in some unspecified time in the future, Mercedes will be a part of that battle however my focus may be very a lot on our staff.” Verstappen outfoxed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in Jeddah to take his first win of the 2022 season.
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Christian Horner has no sympathy for Mercedes (Picture: Getty)
Nevertheless, the victory nonetheless leaves Verstappen trailing Leclerc by nearly 20 factors after a double retirement for the staff in Bahrain. Each Verstappen and Sergio Perez suffered gas pump points which took them out of the working late on.
It meant the staff threw away round 30 factors which has left them behind within the standings. Pink Bull lie third within the staff championship behind Mercedes who’ve been uncompetitive because the starting.
Sister staff Alpha Tauri have additionally suffered some reliability considerations over the primary two races.
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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have struggled in 2022 (Picture: Getty)
Horner warned Pink Bull have been “involved” in regards to the reliability points and have been assured they may get on prime of the issues.
He mentioned: “After all, we’re involved about it, however I feel, first, now we have to know what it’s. I feel as soon as all of the strip-down has been completed and we perceive what the difficulty is then, hopefully, fixes might be put in place.”