With Max Verstappen having already secured his second drivers’ world title at the Japanese Grand Prix, the Red Bull team was able to celebrate winning its constructors’ championship two weeks later in Austin, ending Mercedes’ run of eight consecutive years. since the era of hybrid power units began in 2014.
The feat came a single day after the team learned the news of the death of its founder, Dietrich Mateschitz , and before the start of the United States Grand Prix, everyone joined in the applause in his honor, including some ex-team members of energy drinks.
“It’s been a very emotional weekend,” said team principal Christian Horner, when asked by Motorsport.com what it meant to win the championship under the circumstances.
“When we found out about the death of Dietrich [Mateschitz], it was very emotional for the whole team, because he was a huge man, and he has done a lot, not only for Red Bull, but for Formula 1,” said the Englishman. “We felt determined to go out and honor him in a way that would make him proud.”
“So, after eight long years, we have never stopped believing, never getting up, reviewing and losing sight of our goals and objectives, which was to come back to the top in both world championships,” explained Horner.
“And we have achieved it, that is the testimony of the hard work of all our staff, the contribution of all our partners, our suppliers,” he said. “Just the spirit that he embodied, that runs through all of Red Bull, that has allowed us to achieve what a lot of people would have thought would be impossible.”
The Red Bull boss praised the harmony within the team, something that has allowed them to do “an incredible job this year in very difficult circumstances”.
“I think the way the whole has worked to come together as a group,” he replied when asked why they had overtaken Ferrari. “The way they’ve supported each other operationally, developmentally, on track, across the business, and you need every department to do and play their part to win a constructors’ title, and that’s exactly what we’ve had. “.
“I think we came very late to this car, it was quite heavy at the beginning of the season, we managed to take a few kilos off it, and with that we have achieved a balance that helps,” said Horner.
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