Red Bull F1 Wouldn’t Trade Max Verstappen’s Title ‘Prestige’ for Constructors’ Revenue

Published 12/26/2021, 12:22 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 5, 2021 Red Bull team principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Red Bull was successful in putting an end to the dominant run of Mercedes by winning the 2021 drivers’ title. With this, Max Verstappen and Christian Horner have rightfully earned bragging rights for the time being. Meanwhile, the Silver Arrows won their 8th consecutive constructors’ championship, finishing ahead of Red Bull.

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner recently talked about his light-hearted exchange with Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff. The Briton said that he told Wolff where the money is. Having said that, Horner denied a possibility of swapping the drivers’ trophy for the constructors’ cash.

Notably, the championship win of Max Verstappen was the first for Red Bull since 2013. Mercedes have managed to win all the double-titles since 2014, with 6 going to Hamilton and 1 to Nico Rosberg in 2016.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with team principal Christian Horner REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Christian Horner wouldn’t change a thing

The Red Bull boss has been at the helm of the team since 2005. He has achieved tremendous success in his tenure with the team, winning 5 drivers’ and 4 constructors’ titles. While Horner is well aware of the fact that constructors’ titles fill the bank, he would much rather keep things the same as they are.

In a recent interview, he said that no member of his team will trade this title with constructors’ one.

“The constructors’ is where the money is. That is where the revenues that come into the sport are distributed, based on your performance in the championship.”

“But the drivers’ obviously has the popularity, and it has the prestige. I don’t think there’s a single employee within our business that would have traded the first place in the constructors’ for this drivers’ championship,” said Horner as reported by Motorsport.

He said that scenes in the Milton Keynes factory when Verstappen visited show how much that drivers’ title means to everyone in the team. “When you see the reaction that Max had, when he visited the factory, everyone is so proud of what he’s achieved.”

“But the prestige of the drivers’ world championship, that’s the big one. That’s the one that you really want. And you know, that’s why it meant so much achieving that,” concluded the Red Bull boss.

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Horner also went on to say that this title win feels equally special as the first one. Moreover, he believes that defeating a dominant Mercedes team in F1’s turbo hybrid era is a significant achievement.

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Now that the season is finally over, the teams are gearing up for the upcoming 2022 season. With a bunch of new regulations in place, who do you think will come out victorious in the 2022 F1 season?

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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