Christian Horner says Max Verstappen breaking Mercedes’ Championship streak would be Red Bull’s biggest achievement in Formula 1 to date.
Mercedes have dominated Formula 1 in the past 7 years, winning the Constructors’ title consecutively. Because of this, Horner qualifies a possible Championship title by Verstappen as Red Bull’s best to date.
“Arguably winning with Max would be our biggest single achievement in Formula One for the size of the challenge,” Horner told Reuters.
“They [Hamilton and Mercedes] are absolute titans of the sport at the moment. I think that it would be our biggest achievement if we were able to beat them.
“Lewis is the most successful driver of all time and he’s only just achieved those records so he’s still at his peak and what he’s achieved in the sport is unsurpassed,” he continued.
“He’s going to be a huge adversary this year and he goes into the season as absolutely the favorite to defend his multiple championship-winning run. We are still very much the underdogs but we are a challenger and will never give up.
“Mercedes are operating at such a high level that we’re going to have to perform out of our skins to achieve the kind of level to beat them and beat them consistently,” he added. “I’m not even thinking about that or what that would feel like.”
Horner also talked about Verstappen’s shape and his car, saying they’ve got a “decent” one, but that ultimately it’s “down to us” to provide a competitive machine.
“Max is in great shape. I think we’ve got a decent car to get the season under way with and it’s down to us to provide a competitive car,” he said.