Horner: Red Bull F1 ‘Craving’ to Beat ‘Pumped up’ Lewis Hamilton

Published 02/26/2021, 7:57 AM EST
2018 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (13 September 2018) – Zone 1 – Paddock Club – Drivers’ Autograph Session Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Singapore Grand Prix via Reuters Plus


Lewis Hamilton is the odds-on favorite to secure his record-breaking eighth World Championship in 2021. He has many admirers, chief among them Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

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Horner is impressed by Hamilton’s achievements and is hoping that his team can stop Hamilton in his tracks. The Austrian team finished in second behind Mercedes in the 2020 Constructor’s Championship.

Their ace driver, Max Verstappen, was a distant third behind both the Mercedes’ of No. 77 and Valtteri Bottas. The lack of consistent performances from their second driver, Alex Albon, and having a slow start has contributed to Red Bull not being a legitimate challenger.

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Red Bull boss Horner gives his admiration for Lewis Hamilton

In an interview with Sky Sports, Horner was asked about Lewis Hamilton and was full of admiration for him. He said, “I mean Lewis.. what he’s achieved now! Sir Lewis, of course, has achieved so much and you know seven world titles is truly, truly impressive. And he’s gonna be pumped up and going for that record-breaking eighth title.”

He hopes his team is up to the challenge of competing with Mercedes in 2021.

I really hope our guys can take the fight to him this year. I think we’re craving for that, as I’m sure other fans in Formula One are.

“There’s a fight for this year’s Championship and Lewis is in formidable form. He’s at the top of his game and will be extremely hard to beat this year.”

What can Red Bull do to prevent Hamilton from winning his Eighth?

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Red Bull have tried to address that by signing Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez to the team. They are hoping this will give them ample chance to rack up race wins and podium finishes.

The British team also needs to address its issue of having slow starts every season. This has contributed to Mercedes, in essence, Hamilton, getting early head starts in the Championship.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

They are hoping to take advantage of the new aerodynamic regulations, which may help them gain an advantage in clawing back whatever ground ceded to Mercedes.

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There are also rumblings behind the scenes at Mercedes over the performance of their power unit for the 2021 season, which Red Bull should try to take full advantage of.

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Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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