Christian Horner believes that the title fight against Mercedes has not made an impact on the development of the 2022 Red Bull car.

The introduction of the new technical regulations in 2022 meant that the teams had to switch their focus to the new cars earlier than usual. However, it was a tougher task for the title rivals Mercedes and Red Bull Racing as they were concentrated on the 2021 championship until the final race.

Horner stated that the title battle had not affected the development of the new car.

“When Ferrari turn up with the fastest car and smash us out of the park at the first race then you’ll have to say that it probably did,” the Red Bull team principal joked.

“But I think that we’ve all known that big regulation changes coming for 2022 and we’ve applied our resource accordingly.

“I’m sure each team has done what they feel is right and it’s put pressure on the organization.

“That’s where, I think, the team have been outstanding because to keep a development rate on a new set of regulations and keep a focus on this year’s car has taken a monumental effort and the commitment shown by all of the team, throughout the team, has been phenomenal.”

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