Christian Horner attacks Lewis Hamilton for his ‘selective memory’: PlanetF1

Christian Horner attacks Lewis Hamilton for his ‘selective memory’: PlanetF1

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has said that if any driver is commenting on the team’s current dominance, Lewis Hamilton is the last person it should be coming from.

Formula 1’s return to ground effect aerodynamics has ushered in a new era of one-team dominance, with Red Bull this time setting astonishing standards.

The F1 2023 Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles have long been completed, marking back-to-back double successes for both Max Verstappen and Red Bull, with Verstappen taking 17 of the 20 Grand Prix victories on offer so far in F1 2023.

Christian Horner calls Lewis Hamilton ‘selective memory’

Hamilton and the Mercedes team find themselves in the chasing pack looking for a way to quell the Red Bull attack, with Hamilton describing their rival, the RB19, as the most dominant he has seen in his Formula 1 career, with F1 and the FIA ​​emphasizing that such dominance is not healthy for this season. Sports.

But Horner disputes that, given that such a belief comes from a driver who won six world championship titles with Mercedes during their record eight constructors’ titles in a row between 2014 and 2021.

With Horner describing Mercedes’ margin of control as “obscene” at times during that period, he does not believe Hamilton should speak out.

“I feel like he has a selective memory,” Hamilton’s Horner said on the “Eff Won with DRS” radio show.

“So, you know, some of the wins they made in that period were just obscene. We had a good run for a few years, but I think the only person who shouldn’t say that is Lewis.

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Red Bull’s rise to the top of Formula 1 came after the epic 2021 title tussle between Verstappen and Hamilton, which Verstappen won on the final lap of the season in Abu Dhabi as he took his World Championship tally.

Horner, perhaps understandably after the ordeal of 2021 that has “aged my body”, is now happy to have some less stressful title successes, but it has been pointed out that this isn’t exactly great for F1’s entertainment value.

However, Horner encouraged that the grid is certain to get closer in the coming years, with McLaren, Mercedes, Ferrari and Aston Martin vying for the ‘best of the rest’ position.

When asked if these outside concerns about Red Bull’s dominance had crossed his mind, Horner replied: “Well, my job is to make sure we win, that’s my job.

“The year 21 was the biggest battle in the history of the sport. It was a heavyweight from the first race until the final in Abu Dhabi, where both drivers finished (with) the same points. Unbelievable.

“And that year she physically outgrew me! So, the last two years have been kind of fun, a little less stressful, but what you can guarantee is that the field will converge, and it’s only a matter of time. And you can already see it happening.”

“So what’s going to happen is 24/25, you’re going to see the field get much closer, and you’re starting to see it.

“And the cars, there are things we see at McLaren and think, well, we recognize this, it’s very similar to our solution, but that’s the way Formula 1 works. And next year, I’m sure a lot of cars will look similar, because There will be this convergence.

“Now, it will spread out again in ’26 when the new systems emerge, but over the next couple of years, it will converge.”

Part of the reason some fans don’t see the appeal of Red Bull’s dominance is that Verstappen does not face much of a challenge from his teammate.

Sergio Perez may have won two prizes in the first four rounds of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship, but any hopes of a title challenge have faded quickly since then, as he has taken a record 10 straight wins from Verstappen’s current tally of 17.

However, with this potential convergence in mind, Horner says it would not make sense for Red Bull to have two ‘alpha’ drivers at the wheel, even if it would potentially create a closer battle between the team and greater entertainment value.

“So, for us, when you put two Alfas in the car, you take Verstappen and Hamilton, and that will never work, because then you kill your team,” Horner continued.

“You have to have a team dynamic where the drivers lead the team, not just for themselves. Otherwise, it can become very divisive.”

Verstappen could set the ultimate standard for victories in a season at the age of 19 with the first Grand Prix in Las Vegas looming, before the season concludes in Abu Dhabi.

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