‘Past my wildest expectations’ – Horner praises Pink Bull for dominating first half of 2022

After Max Verstappen sealed Pink Bull’s eighth win of the season at this weekend’s French Grand Prix, Staff Principal Christian Horner praised the “phenomenal” work of his group and mentioned their sizeable leads on the high of each championships have surpassed his “wildest expectations.”

Pink Bull have received eight out of the opening 12 races of the season in a dominant begin to the 2022 season and, as issues stand, Verstappen at present holds a 63-point lead on the high of the drivers’ championship to Charles Leclerc, whereas Pink Bull have an 82-point lead over Ferrari within the constructors’ championship.

“Look, when you would have instructed me that going into final 12 months that with the most important regulation change in 40 years and with the trouble we put into final 12 months’s championship, that we’d be sitting right here with eight Grand Prix victories, two Dash victories and main each championships with 64 and 82 factors, that will have been past my wildest expectations,” mentioned Horner.

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“And I believe that it’s actually a testomony to the dedication, dedication and the exhausting work that has gone on behind the scenes on the manufacturing unit. Now, we have seen Ferrari are very aggressive additionally this 12 months, we’ve seen different groups – Mercedes for certain are gathering momentum – however contemplating that we had been in all probability the final group to transition [development] absolutely onto this automotive it’s been an exceptional job.”

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Championship chief Verstappen has accounted for seven of these race wins and each Dash wins, and with one other comfy victory at Le Castellet on Sunday he garnered excessive reward from Horner.

“I believe he’s driving with nice maturity,” continued the Pink Bull boss. “You’ll be able to see the best way he and Charles are racing one another, there’s a actual respect between the 2 drivers.

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“It’s a disgrace we didn’t get to see how right now would have performed out as a result of the second half of the race would have been the other of the primary, the place we might have had observe place and Ferrari would have had a barely youthful tyre benefit.”

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Subsequent on the calendar is the Hungarian Grand Prix, as this weekend Verstappen and Pink Bull look to increase their leads on the high of each championships. However that might show troublesome as Horner says Budapest ought to go well with the “strengths” of Ferrari…

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“I believe the second half of the season, clearly it’s going to very aggressive,” mentioned Horner. “We’ve obtained totally different circuits, totally different challenges developing and there are some fascinating venues developing. We’ve obtained Hungary developing subsequent weekend, which can in all probability play extra to the Ferrari’s strengths than our strengths.

“After which we’ve obtained some circuits developing after the break that come again in direction of us just a little bit. It’s going to be fascinating the way it strikes round over the following few races.”

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