The Red Bull team principal Christian Horner feels it is “no issue” that Mercedes has recently heightened its performance.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has put in a colossal effort against Lewis Hamilton over the 2021 season. The 24-year-old brought his rapid RB16B to victory 9 times across the year.

Verstappen was starting to feel the championship within his grasp after taking a dominant victory in Mexico, as by this point he led Lewis Hamilton by 19 points. While the title fight wasn’t settled, four races remained and Red Bull was gaining momentum.

However, the tables have turned and Mercedes began to reel the Dutchman back in. Hamilton is currently on a streak, having won the last three races in a row. The 7-time champion demolished Verstappen’s lead to make both drivers go into the final round on equal points.

The stakes are high for the upcoming Abu Dhabi GP. Hamilton is looking for his eighth title and Verstappen is fighting for his first. Despite the heated battle between Mercedes and Red Bull, Horner is calm about the situation.

“There’s absolutely no issue with that [Mercedes’ recent form], we’re a team that goes through it. We’re going to Abu Dhabi equal on points, but leading by virtue of the number of wins,” he commented.

This season is the closest going into the final Grand Prix in many years. The championship contenders haven’t been on equal points with one race remaining since 1974, when Clay Regazzoni and Emerson Fittipaldi were tied before the final United States GP.

“Who’d have thought at the beginning of the year, if you had given us this chance of one shot to win this world championship in Abu Dhabi at the last race after 21 races of an intense battle with Mercedes, I think we all as a team would have absolutely bitten your arm off for that,” Horner added.

“I think you guys [the media] probably would have as well, based on the dominance that we’ve seen the last seven years.”

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