The difficulties of Ferrari are also felt by Red Bull: even Christian Horner tries to point the way back to the top in Formula 1.
Maranello’s absence from triumph has lasted a long time and is not helping Formula 1 itself. A world championship, or even a genuine battle for the title, has become a chimera for the Prancing Horse, dry of victories for 15 years and periodically subject to upheavals, changes in leadership, and internal battles. Observing the situation, even Christian Horner, the Red Bull boss, has tried to suggest a recipe to Ferrari’s rivals to see the stars again.
Despite the youth of the team, Red Bull is accustomed to winning. In the motorsport Olympus, the Milton Keynes-based team has secured 6 driver titles and 5 constructor titles since 2010, and today, in 2023, it is poised – it’s just a matter of mathematics – to add two more to its collection, one of each type. For Horner, it’s a result that, at the beginning of his career, was “beyond any fantasy.”
The 2023 Formula 1 season has also been astonishing. That Red Bull was considered the favorite at the start of the championship was the opinion of most, but that it could demolish its rivals, leaving them only crumbs, was less expected. The British team principal admitted to Corriere della Sera, “We never expected such dominance. We knew we had a good car. Confirmations came during testing in Bahrain, but none of us could even dream of coming this far unbeaten.”
From 2005 to 2023, the period of Red Bull in Formula 1 and, concurrently, also of Christian Horner, the Anglo-Austrian team has shown its ability to win extensively. It has demonstrated this more so than Ferrari, for example, a team that should be accustomed to winning.
Every year, failure is painted in Maranello, and every year, revolutions are discussed. Out goes Mattia Binotto, out goes Laurent Mekies, and now there are rumors of the possibility of an immediate departure for Fred Vasseur and Benedetto Vigna. Observing the complicated situation at Scuderia Ferrari, Christian Horner has tried to provide some advice that is quite different from Ferrari’s recent modus operandi.
“Is stability the secret?” Christian Horner is asked. The Englishman explained, nodding, “It’s essential. To create the right environment, stability is needed. It helps push people out of their comfort zones.”
In attempting to advise Ferrari, Christian Horner sees the need to compete against a prestigious adversary like the Prancing Horse. “It’s important that they are competitive. Ferrari and Formula 1 go hand in hand. It’s always great to compete with Ferrari, against its prestige and history.” – the Red Bull boss concluded.