Horner explains how Verstappen/Perez group differs to Vettel/Webber

Christian Horner has joked that Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are a “much less disturbing” driver line-up than Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Purple Bull’s 2022 win of the Constructors’ Championship marked the primary time they’ve claimed the prize since 2013, the ultimate yr of a dominant interval for the group wherein they gained 4 consecutive titles alongside Vettel.

The partnership of Vettel and Webber featured some controversial moments, with the pair colliding on the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix earlier than the notorious ‘Multi 21’ incident on the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2013, the place Vettel disobeyed a group order to remain behind his teammate.

Whereas Verstappen and Perez have endured some troublesome moments – with Verstappen’s refusal to let the Mexican by on the Brazilian Grand Prix being probably the most notable – Horner feels that the present group is simpler to handle than the Vettel/Webber period.

Horner praises ‘group effort’ at Purple Bull

When requested on the FIA Prize Giving ceremony how completely different it felt to win the Constructors’ crown with Verstappen and Perez in comparison with the success skilled with Vettel and Webber, Horner informed media, together with RacingNews365.com: “Much less disturbing with these guys than the earlier two!”

Horner went on to reward the group’s drivers for working effectively collectively, including: “They have been nice, they’ve labored extremely effectively collectively. They’ve pushed the group onerous.

“And I feel, if you have a look at, for instance, the quantity of accident harm we have had this yr, it has been the bottom of any single group.”

Nonetheless, he believes that the success is all the way down to a wider effort amongst everyone inside the squad.

“It has been really a group effort, I feel,” Horner defined.

“It is the going that further yard that makes a distinction. Whether or not it has been behind the scenes on the simulator, whether or not it is within the composite division, whether or not it is in analysis and improvement, inside the design division, throughout all of those completely different features.

“Formulation 1 is the most important group sport on this planet, and there are among the best groups on this planet on the market.

“So, significantly after a nine-year interval, to win that Constructors’ trophy and defend the Drivers’ Championship this yr, it has been an unimaginable yr for us.”

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