Horner gives takes on new regulations – “We expect to have some very fierce competition”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner gave his take on the new regulations for 2022, saying there might be a fierce shakeup of the sport.

2022 will see new regulations introduced into the sport. There will be changes made to the aerodynamic rules, meaning cars will be able to do wheel-to-wheel-racing and overtaking more often and with greater ease.

As a result, it was predicted that there would be very intense and close racing in the upcoming season. The midfield and the rear end will be able to take the fight to the top teams, at least on paper.

Horner gave his take on the new regulations, saying he and his team are prepared for multiple challengers in 2022.

Speaking to Indian broadcaster WION as quoted by GP Fans, the Red Bull boss explained, “I think there could be a shakeup in the order.

“You could see teams like Ferrari, McLaren, maybe even one or two surprises, because it’s a complete reset of the regulations and ourselves and Mercedes were very much involved in last year’s championship fight.

Horner concedes championship "distraction" could cause F1 "shakeup"
Horner (pictured) is expecting more challengers in 2022. Source: gpfans.com

“So inevitably, that takes a little bit of distraction and emphasis away from the following year. We expect to have some very fierce competition out there this year and I think it is going to be an exciting championship ahead.”

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Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto agreed with Horner regarding the increase in competition, saying no team can rest easy.

“I cannot be confident. The reason why is I think that, if I look at the gap today, it’s still significant showing that those teams (Mercedes and Red Bull) are very strong,” he said.

“Is that giving us the full confidence? No, we cannot be confident. Because we have no references from the others.

“What we know is that we put all our effort, and I see that whatever we have is the best result of a team effort – that was most important for us.”

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