Christian Horner reveals that Red Bull Racing will not abandon the development of the 2021 car earlier than planned.

With the introduction of the new technical regulations in 2022, some teams have made a decision to stop the development of the current car in order to be totally ready for the new era of Formula 1. Red Bull Racing, however, is still working hard on this year’s challenger and is not willing to change the plans.

“It is embedded in who we are as a race team that it’s not in our culture to give up on any season,” team principal Horner told Motorsport.com. 

“Of course we have the constraints of the budget cap as well, which makes life slightly more complicated.  

“But people have short-term memories in this sport, and you’ve got to go for it.  

“Every race is an opportunity and if it means people have to work a little bit harder, and a few longer hours to enable that, then absolutely everybody is up to that challenge.” 

Horner has also reacted to the fact that Mercedes is already fully focused on the 2022 car.

“I don’t know what their constraints are. Obviously, they’re a bigger organization than we are, so cost cap is having a significant impact on their planning and how they’ve managed during the COVID period. We’ve managed to keep the body of the team very much together,” he commented.

“I can’t judge other organizations without having all the facts, so all I can do is focus on what we’re doing. And we’re very comfortable with the approach that we are taking.  

“Obviously if they are two seconds ahead of us at the first race next year, that will be disappointing. But I feel that we’ve got the balance about right at the moment.”  

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