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Christian Horner Downplays Chances of Red Bull Bringing More Upgrades Under $135 Million Budget Cap

Nischay Rathore

Christian Horner Downplays Chances of Red Bull Bringing More Upgrades Under $135 Million Budget Cap

After winning 21 races and dominating the grid in 2023, Red Bull is finally showing signs of weakness this season. Max Verstappen is not happy with the car, and Ferrari and McLaren are closing in on the gap Red Bull built over the last two years. Amid this struggle, team principal Christian Horner has revealed his helplessness in dealing with the situation.

At the team principals’ press conference ahead of the Monaco GP, Horner said (as quoted by F1 Maximaal),

“With these regulations, it is inevitable that convergence will take place. It is incredible that we have managed to maintain our lead for so long. We have brought some new parts here and there, but we also have to be careful with the budget ceiling.”

This season, Horner’s team has brought upgrades twice – in Japan and Imola. The ones they brought to the latter haven’t helped as much as the outfit would have hoped. Max Verstappen struggled with balance throughout the weekend, and a setup change helped him win by the barest of margins.

Meanwhile, Horner raises concerns about the $135 million budget cap that Red Bull was found guilty of breaching in 2021.

The FIA slapped them with a $7 million fine and also reduced their wind tunnel time by 10%. Christian Horner dubbed these sanctions as ‘draconian’ back then and will tread carefully to make sure the team doesn’t repeat the same mistake. This may curb their development plans moving forward.

McLaren and Ferrari are making huge strides, which should also make the reigning World Champions wary of the consequences.

Max Verstappen invincible no more

When the 2024 season started, Verstappen was expected the be the sole dominant driver for the third year in a row. However, after McLaren brought its first upgrade package in Miami, Lando Norris managed to defeat the Dutchman by over seven seconds, winning his first-ever F1 race.

In Imola last weekend too, Norris finished just 0.7 seconds behind the 26-year-old. It shows that the latter is not the outright favorite to win every single race, as was the case in 2022 and 2023.

Ferrari too, brought upgrades to Imola which bolstered their performance. Unfortunately, it didn’t make them as fast as McLaren and Red Bull. Now in Monaco, Ferrari will be hoping to enter the mix, as they look to win their second race of the 2024 season.

Post Edited By:Somin Bhattacharjee

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Nischay Rathore

Nischay Rathore


Nischay Rathore is an F1 journalist at The SportsRush with over a thousand articles under his belt. An avid Ayrton Senna admirer, Nischay embarked on his sports journalism journey despite completing graduation in Law. When not covering the high-speed thrills of the pinnacle of motorsport, he can be seen enjoying crime thrillers and 90s gangster movies with a hearty bowl of buttery popcorn.

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